Finishing Sexual Selection and Starting Genetics

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Finishing Sexual Selection and Starting Genetics

Finishes the lecture on sexual selection by talking about mate preference and starts the lecture on genetics.

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Anthro 2050 - Introduction to Biological Anthropology With Laboratory
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Anthro2050 1st Edition Lecture 8 Outline of Last Lecture I. Sexual Selection Continued II. Humans and Sexual Selection Outline of Current Lecture I. Mate Preference II. Genetics Current Lecture Mate Preference: Many studies have been done that ask humans what traits they prefer in the opposite sex when looking for a mate. Cross culturally and over time, males and females have both expressed preferences towards traits that express personality; nice, interesting to talk to, mutual attraction and interest, respect, etc. Cross culturally, females tended to rank higher a preference for traits in males that show that the male can provide for a family and will stay and invest in a family; affluent, good job prospects, likes children, cares for family, etc. Cross culturally, males tended to rank higher a preference for traits in females that indicate fertility, health, and a long reproductive cycle; good looks (clear skin and eyes, certain waist to hip ratio indicating fertility), cooking abilities, youth, etc. Culture and modern media has slightly altered some of these trait preferences today versus how they were in, say, the nineteen thirties. Cross culturally and in both sexes there has been, a decrease in the importance of chastity in a mate, increase in importance of physical appearance, increase in importance of the financial prospects of females with a decrease in the importance of domestic skills, and a major increase in the importance of romantic love and attraction in a relationship. Genetics: These notes represent a detailed interpretation of the professor’s lecture. GradeBuddy is best used as a supplement to your own notes, not as a substitute.

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