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Male Coalitions for Hunting

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Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science


Coalitions; Cooperation


A coalition is a complex social construct that requires a balance between competitive and cooperative behaviors.


People coming together to form coalitions, or temporary alliances, for the intent of attaining a shared goal has been observed since the Pleistocene Epoch (Colarelli et al. 2006; Sugiyama et al. 2018). Human ancestral preferences for protein- and fat-rich foods meant that ancestral hunter-gatherer tribes had to form hunting coalitions to capture larger and faster prey, which offered these nourishments, that would have eluded the lone hunter (Boesch 2002). Because coalitional hunting was a highly complex and risky endeavor, the task of hunting fell primarily on males, who possess physical capabilities and psychological adaptations that facilitated the success of a hunt (Bailey et al. 2013), including the physiological build and strength of a male, the tendency to form instrumental relationships, and their propensity...

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Javadpour, S., Lim, A.J.Y. (2021). Male Coalitions for Hunting. In: Shackelford, T.K., Weekes-Shackelford, V.A. (eds) Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. Springer, Cham.

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