Review: Why Sex Matters: A Darwinian Look at Human Behavior, Revised Edition

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I read the first edition of Low’s Why Sex Matters in 2000 as a graduate student in biological anthropology (I even bought it at a Borders bookstore in Boston). It was a helpful resource then. This revised edition remains useful; I have recommended it to graduate students and cited it recently in a discussion of human sex differences in mating and parenting efforts. A lot has happened in 16 years (including to bookstores and former graduate students), and yet Low’s volume demonstrates continued and even renewed value. Sometimes it helps to return to basic principles and key findings to provide a well-informed overview of human sex differences seen in evolutionary and ecological perspective.

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