Sperm Competition in Humans

Classic and Contemporary Readings

  • Todd K. Shackelford
  • Nicholas Pound

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Introduction and overview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Nicholas Pound, Todd K. Shackelford, Aaron T. Goetz
      Pages 3-31
    3. Nina Wedell, Matthew J. G. Gage, Geoffrey A. Parker
      Pages 47-63
  3. Classic readings in human sperm competition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Robert L. Smith
      Pages 67-118
    3. R. Robin Baker, Mark A. Bellis
      Pages 119-122
    4. Alexander H. Harcourt
      Pages 123-126
    5. Mark A. Bellis, R. Robin Baker
      Pages 135-139
  4. Contemporary readings in human sperm competition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 211-211
    2. Todd K. Shackelford, Gregory J. LeBlanc, Viviana A. Weekes-Shackelford, April L. Bleske-Rechek, Harald A. Euler, Sabine Hoier
      Pages 229-244
    3. Gordon G. Gallup, Rebecca L. Burch
      Pages 245-254
    4. Randy Thornhill, Steve W. Gangestad, Randall Comer
      Pages 255-275
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 277-283

About this book


Over the past decade, there has been a vast amount of interest in the subject of human sperm competition. This volume brings together, in one place, a key set of classic and contemporary papers that have examined possible adaptations to sperm competition in humans. In addition to classic papers by Robin Baker & Mark Bellis, it includes later work by other researchers – some developing their ideas, some refuting their findings. As is to be expected in any comparatively new area of investigation, there are conflicting findings and unresolved issues. This, however, should encourage rather than discourage future research in this field. This collection of papers is essential reading for students of evolutionary biology, evolutionary psychology, human sexuality and researchers considering conducting work in this area.




Adaptation behavior development evolution evolutionary biology

Editors and affiliations

  • Todd K. Shackelford
    • 1
  • Nicholas Pound
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyFlorida Atlantic UniversityDavieUSA
  2. 2.Centre for Cognition and NeuroimagingSchool of Social Sciences and Law, Brunel UniversityUK

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