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Evolution[edit]

The page could be edited in the Evolution section as the citation explaining why females may be promiscuous is a newspaper article and not from a scientific journal. The Evolution section lacks any scientific evidence for any of its claims, and appears to base them solely on the newspaper article. The article could include scientific work exploring more aspects of evolutionary explanations of promiscuity. Psundx (talk) 13:42, 3 February 2016 (UTC)

If the newspaper quotes scientists, it still is learned opinion. Otherwise, if you want to find more reliable sources for such claims, feel free to add them to the article. I don't know if WP:MEDRS applies, but anyway see WP:SCIRS. Tgeorgescu (talk) 15:00, 3 February 2016 (UTC)

Review[edit]

I think the addition of an evolutionary section was a great idea, although it is very informative I have a few suggestions for improvement. If possible adding a reference for the sentence on why promiscuity is beneficial for males would good. In addition it might be a good idea to fully explain what you mean by fitness in an evolutionary sense as the term clearly means something different to what people may assume. NicoleKPascoulis (talk) 16:23, 17 March 2016 (UTC)

Peer Review[edit]

While the evolutionary section on promiscuity is fairly informative, there are some parts that could have been discussed in more depth. For example, it is mentioned that promiscuity can help a mother secure better genes and potentially better care and resources for her offspring. The idea of securing resources could have been discussed in more depth to explain how promiscuity can help to secure better resources and care for offspring. In this case, cuckoldry theory could have been used as an explanation - that is, by mating with so many males, the female introduces parental uncertainty to each of potential sire, which can result in males allocating resources to the offspring (as there is a chance that it could be their own).

The sentence "Promiscuity and infidelity are partly conditioned by genes in both human and non-human animals" is vague and may not necessarily be understood by the layperson. To improve on this, more detail could be described in the way that certain genes condition promiscuity and infidelity. E.g. Are there genes that present their expression, facilitate it, or both?

(LiamW1265 (talk) 16:27, 17 March 2016 (UTC))

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