As Henry Reich explains in this installment of Minute Earth, yes, monogamy does exist in the animal kingdom – though fewer creatures practice it than you probably realize.
In many mammals, humans included, the composition of a mother's breast milk varies with the sex of her offspring, with sons receiving nutritionally richer milk than daughters. Interestingly, the opposite has been found to be true in impoverished mothers.
From an evolutionary standpoint, monogamy doesn't seem to make much sense – especially for males. And yet, it's practiced by a significant number of mammalian species, including humans. Now, in a fantastic example of science in progress, two newly published studies with divergent conclusions seek to explain why.
In certain species of spiders and insects, females kill and eat their mates after sex. But the dark fishing spider experiences a very odd twist on this gruesome tale.
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The California mouse and the deer mouse are very similar, except California mice find one partner and mate with them for life, while deer mice take on as many mates as possible. That lifestyle difference has a major biological impact.
People often think that open relationships increase your risk of catching a disease — but actually, openly seeing other people is much safer than sneaking around, a new study proves. According to a study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine suggests that people in open relationships actually have less of a…
When animals practice monogamy, we can generally tell right away. After all, couples like to hang out together, whether they're humans or squirrels or hawks. But one fish keeps its monogamy so top-secret that researchers actually called their pairings "invisible."
The cleaner shrimp is perfectly happy to live out its life in peace and tranquility with its monogamous partner. But add any more shrimp to the mix — even another happy couple — and the whole thing turns into a bloodbath.