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2012-01-24 11:33:02

In cultures that permit men to take multiple wives, the intra-sexual competition that occurs causes greater levels of crime, violence, poverty and gender inequality than in societies that institutionalize and practice monogamous marriage. That is a key finding of a new University of British Columbia-led study that explores the global rise of monogamous marriage as a dominant cultural institution. The study suggests that institutionalized monogamous marriage is rapidly replacing polygamy...

2009-07-08 12:04:25

A social psychologist in the Netherlands says wealthy women tend to have more sons than their poorer counterparts. Dr. Thomas Pollet of Groningen University said data on 95,000 Rwandan mothers suggests low-ranking wives in polygynous marriages have more daughters than sons, Britain's Daily Telegraph said Wednesday. Our findings show that low-ranking wives, of third order or lower, have lower fertility than other women, suggesting that they are in poorer condition, Pollet said. These...

2008-03-20 23:55:00

News of politicians' extramarital affairs seems to be in no short supply lately, but if humans were cut from exactly the same cloth as other mammals, a faithful spouse would be an unusual phenomenon. Only 3 percent to 5 percent of the roughly 5,000 species of mammals (including humans) are known to form lifelong, monogamous bonds, with the loyal superstars including beavers, wolves and some bats. Social monogamy is a term referring to creatures that pair up to mate and raise offspring but...


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jument
  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
'Jument' ultimately comes from the Latin 'jugum,' yoke.
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