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Polygamous men live longer

2008-08-23 13:08:18.320728+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

Polygamous males live longer:

After accounting for socioeconomic differences, men aged over 60 from 140 countries that practice polygamy to varying degrees lived on average 12% longer than men from 49 mostly monogamous nations, says Virpi Lummaa, an ecologist at the University of Sheffield, UK.


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#Comment Re: made: 2008-08-24 00:54:50.530358+00 by: warkitty

But I bet those rare cultures where women take multiple husbands shows the women dying much earlier...


#Comment Re: made: 2008-08-24 04:45:09.093442+00 by: Dan Lyke

Wouldn't be surprised, also note the "...aged over 60...", which meshes with my guess that there's a lot of younger death. This could simply be that there's a culling effect going on that causes those who'd normally die between 60 and 70 to die earlier.