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The Species Lucy may have been Polygamous

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Scientist have found prints indicating that one home might have held one male and multiple females. Polygamy is when one male mates with multiple females, each female staying with that one male. With animals, gorillas follow this with one male and multiple females whom have his children. When the children grow up they go off to other families while the male stay and continue the cycle.

Those with the hunter and gathering lifestyle have many children with many wives means it may have been for survival, not ethics. Compare to today: it’s traditional to have one partner for religious reasons. It’s economically expensive to care for multiple partners. LiveScience.com says, “Previous research suggested the fact that polygamy leads to a few males monopolizing all females, leading to intense competition between males, which favors the evolution of larger males that can better deal with their rivals.”

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