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How Prehistoric Man Changed Your Sex Life

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 How Prehistoric Man Changed Your Sex Life

The truth behind the real reason that prehistoric man turned to monogamy may surprise you.

A study from the University of Waterloo found that with the dawn of the agricultural age, prehistoric humans found that they need to change their ways.

The research sets out to prove that prehistoric man turned away from polygyny and started favoring monogamy. Polygyny is the practice of having more than one spouse, or mate, at a time. The main way that it defers from polygamy is that with polygamy either spouse can have multiple partners but in the case of polygyny only the man has multiple wives. The lesser known form of polygamy is polyandry. In this version, a woman has multiple husbands.

This particular study proposes that the reason for the switch to monogamy surrounds around sexually transmitted diseases.

The study goes on to state that in larger societies sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) became endemic. This, in turn, caused many people to have issues conceiving. As well, it often resulted in forms of punishment thought to be fines or social ostracisation.  Those who did not have multiple partners rose in social standing as their numbers also grew.

“A lot of the ways we behave with others, our rules for social interaction, also have origins in some kind of natural environment,” said co-author of the study, Chris Bauch of the University of Waterloo in Canada.

It is unclear if STI’s were truly the only factor that created the shift to monogamy or even if this research is completely accurate.

For one there is little research supporting the prevalence of sexually transmitted infections. “I don’t think it is necessarily wrong but I think the basis for their modeling may be. Looking at modern day hunter-gatherers who provide some sort of model for pre-agricultural societies, ie any human society prior to about 10,000 years ago, then polygyny is very rare,” said Kit Opie of University College, London. “Hunter-gatherer marriage is a much looser affair than we are used to and polygyny may be allowed but very rarely is it actually practiced.”

Psychologist Christopher Ryan has a very different view of what Caveman Sex was really like. He purports that a more likely scenario has the woman as more polyamorous. He believes that a caveman would have been sitting in the corner waiting his turn as another caveman had sex with the prehistoric woman.

Do with that information as you wish but any which way it is pretty darn interesting.


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6 thoughts on “How Prehistoric Man Changed Your Sex Life”

  1. So the reality is they were smart enough to realise they might die out as a race if they didn’t change their ways. Interesting as I believe we often see them as somehow less intelligent, but I sometimes wonder if we are the ones who are less intelligent with our very manufactured way of life and being very far removed from all things natural.

    Enjoy the journey!


    What an interesting article! I visited from my cell phone a few days ago but could not leave a comment at the time… Now I can. You write so well ! It’s refreshing to read something different and slightly amusing i must say. I believe in other cultures some men have many many wives.. but in england or the us this is frowned up and illegal… Having many partners on the go at the same time although might be ‘fun’ would also carry risk as mentioned in your article. I am sure you live longer if you just have 1 partner lol.

    Great read.


    1. Thank you so very much for coming back again. I know that your life is busy so I want to make sure that you know that I appreciate you.

      I love your comments and am so pleased that you like my sense of humor.

  3. Hi Dr Elise

    This is indeed interesting. It had me smiling. You know I can’t think of anything that made man switch to the monogamy.

    However, in my country, some men still marry more than one woman while marrying more than one man is rare.

    Thanks for sharing. Take Care

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Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho is a Holistic Health & Life Coach with a special interest in emotional health, life alignment, and energy flow.

Elise will partner with you to align your mindset, your energy, your home and your career so that you can live your life's desire with freedom and love.

Elise offers 30 years of experience and multiple certifications and degrees including a Ph.D. in Natural Health and a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Psychology.