Some Female Animals Buck the Mating Stereotype

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Conventional biological wisdom says that when it comes to mating, it's better for females to attract one steady partner and for males to attract as many females as they can. Commentator and anthropologist Meredith Small began to see evidence contradicting this concept after doing a bit of field research on primates.



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