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Evolutionary psychology is an important and rapidly expanding area in the life, social, and behavioral sciences, and this Handbook represents the most comprehensive and up-to-date reference text in the field today. Chapters in this Handbook address foundational theories and methodological approaches, providing a rich overview of the most important theoretical and empirical work in the field. The SAGE Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology is an essential resource for researchers, graduate students, and advanced undergraduate students in all areas of psychology, and in related disciplines across the life, social, and behavioral sciences. Part 1: Foundations of Evolution; Part 2: Middle-Level Evolutionary Theories; and Part 3: Research Methods and Strategies.

Sources of Data for Testing Evolutionary Hypotheses
Sources of data for testing evolutionary hypotheses
Carey J. Fitzgerald Jody A. Thompson

As one can imagine, accurate and definitive information regarding human life and behaviors that occurred in our ancestral past is difficult to obtain. Because of this, evolutionary psychologists have had to seek data from various sources ranging from archaeological, historical, and cultural records to other social scientific means such as self-report methods and naturalistic observations of humans across the world. There are six primary sources from which evolutionary psychologists obtain their data (Buss, 2015). These six sources include (1) archaeological records, (2) observations of modern-day hunter-gatherer societies, (3) self-reported responses from surveys and/or interviews, (4) ...

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