International Journal of Primatology

, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp 305–326

Female age: Male preference and reproductive success in primates

  • Connie M. Anderson
Review Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF02736394

Cite this article as:
Anderson, C.M. Int J Primatol (1986) 7: 305. doi:10.1007/BF02736394


A survey of the literature on male sexual preferences according to the age of the female partner supported the hypothesis that adult males should prefer older females of higher parity. Reproductive success was also surveyed by age and parity, and younger females of lower parity were universally found to have lower success than older females of higher parity. This appears to be true for either age or parity independently, as well as in combination. These findings are discussed and applied to human societies, where similar trends would be expected.

Key words

agesexual preferencereproductive successadolescence

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Connie M. Anderson
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  1. 1.Primate Behaviour Research Group, Department of PsychologyUniversity of WitwatersrandJohannesburgSouth Africa
  2. 2.Anthropology DepartmentHartwick CollegeOneonta