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Sexual supply and demand affects mate choice among the Makushi

The , in line with evolutionary theory, is that women want commitment and men want lots of flings. But a study of the people in shows the truth is more complex, with men more likely to seek long-term relationships when women are in short supply.

Makushi Cowboys in Guyana
These are Makushi cowboys in the South American nation of Guyana. A new study of the Makushi people by anthropologist found that the truth is more complex than sexual stereotype that women want long-term, committed relationships and men want short-term flings. That was true in Makushi villages where women outnumbered men. But in villages where women were relatively scarce, both were more likely to want long-term commitment.
Credit:Ryan Schacht, University of Utah.


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