Humans Became Monogamous to Stop Infanticide
Study finds the origins of monogamy are not so romantic
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 30, 2013 12:43 PM CDT
Updated Aug 3, 2013 7:00 PM CDT
Who could kill this baby orangutan?   (AP Photo/University of Portsmouth, Dr. Marina Davila Ross)

(Newser) – Scientists believe they may have discovered the reason most humans, at least in theory, are so wedded to the idea of monogamy, and the answer ain't "true love." As a species, we became predominantly monogamous so other humans wouldn't kill our babies, according to a new study, the Guardian reports. Scientists at University College London wanted to find out why some species practice monogamy and others don't, so they looked at 230 different species of primates (including us), and found one common thread amongst those who were monogamous: infanticide.

The idea is that males stick close to their female companions to ward off other males, who might kill their offspring so the females will become fertile again. "You do not get monogamy unless you already have infanticide, and you do not get a switch to paternal care if you don't already have monogamy," says one of the researchers. Another recent study, at the University of Cambridge, which looked at 2,500 different mammals, found similar results, reports the AFP. However, that study did not look at humans, and the researchers are skeptical that the explanation would apply to us. "Humans are such unusual animals, depending so excessively on culture, which changes so many of the ground rules of evolution," says one of the researchers.

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Jun 1, 2014 2:01 PM CDT The official founder was R.M. Muhammad Subuh Sumohadiwidjujo (1901-1987), known after the World War II. as Pak Subuh from Indonesia. At the beginning the sect existed only in Java, but in the 50’s – 60’s it extended word wide, taking out influential people to be their supporter directly or by implication. However the real intellectual leading and ideology bases came from a totally different direction. Doctrines, worded by the well-known Russian dancer Gurdjieff, has been translated to the sect in the 40’s – 50’s by John G. Bennett, who was the disciple of Gurdjieff with a very interesting intelligence past and can be correlate with more organizations. Since the tsarist period ends Gurdjieff itself has been getting in a vague touch with Russians. Subud established a consistent network of enterprises around the word and in that countries, which are important for them. That includes foundations, banks, huge agricultural territories, mines, powerhouses and a wide range of processing trades. The one of the oldest organization has been built in Borneo, Indonesia, influencing the whole local region financial life. Subud could create an empire, consist of free labor forces and industries network, by a microcredit system for the pour and backward Dajak folk lived in the island. Dajak families meant a cheap and governable labor, because their children can work with them in the Subud’s mines and plantation. One plantation of oil palm tree needs 8 years to become productive, therefore it is important to hold the costs low. On that score Subud employs a mass of children.
May 11, 2014 2:37 AM CDT The Subud is a word wide organization with a vague background. During the previous decades it become a serious network, which has an effective on every aspect of life, including banks, organizations for youth and culture, enterprises, foundations and a huge empire of property wealth.
Aug 4, 2013 11:38 PM CDT
Infanticide? Why in the world would evolution cause us to care whether a baby is ours or not? How is infanticide going to further the species?