Hierarchical competition and the ethology of sexual dimorphism in humans

In many species, males are the ones who dispute the group supremacy and fight for a high hierarchical position that grants them more resources and access to females. Because the genes of the most powerful and aggressive males pass on from one generation to another, the new generations of males

The ethology of attraction to bad boys

It was not only the natural selection that favored warlike men, but also the sexual selection. In archaic times, the combative behavior implied not only chances of survival, but also a more significant reproductive success. Women’s preferences for combative individuals have evolved in parallel with men’s aggressiveness. Numerous studies have

Sex and power. The reproductive instinct of conquerors

The French writer Alexadre Dumas Sr., who had traveled to Caucasus in the years of 1858 and 1859, was telling in his traveling diary that the best gift that the Georgian and Lezghian youth could give to their fiancées were the chopped hands of the individuals from the neighboring tribe.

Male aggression as a reproductive strategy

Origins of aggression can be better understood if viewed through the lens of sexual benefits that it provides. Combative behavior finds its justification in the need for males to protect their territory and resources, and to conquer the female and to reproduce – these are the adaptive and evolutionary significances