after delving into indo-european linguistic evidence, fortunato suggests that monogamy in indo-european societies (which is unusually high compared to the rest of the world, apparently) originated 8,000-9,5000 years ago in anatolia with the rise of agriculture. maybe.
interestingly, she suggests that monogamy may have been a solution to limiting the number of heirs so that farm holdings wouldn’t have to be split up between too many descendants, a practice which might eventually wind up in farms being too small to support a family. hmmmm … inheritance restrictions (i.e. passing enough resources on to one’s kids) affecting mating patterns. seems to be a recurring theme here.
(note: comments do not require an email. or multiple wives. [no concubines, please!])