What is genetic monogamy?

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Genetic monogamy is when genes, not social and behavioral norms, dictate the practice of monogamy. Dr. Emlan, an expert from Cornell University on evolution, believes that only two species are genetically monogamous: the marmoset and the tamarin. Because humans can and do mate outside of relationships, they are not genetically monogamous.

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