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Science  05 Feb 1999:
Vol. 283, Issue 5403, pp. 777
DOI: 10.1126/science.283.5403.777

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According to reports presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS, which publishes Science) held on 21 to 26 January in Anaheim, California, multiple partners and blurred lineages have developed in some modern cultures, raising questions about theories on the origins of monogamy. One anthropologist argued that fathers didn't trade food for fidelity as has been theorized, but that monogamy arose in order to mitigate males' fierce competition for access to females.