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In this chapter, we (a) demonstrate the relevance of evolutionary theory to criminology, (b) discuss the evolutionary origins of both prosocial and antisocial traits, and (c) show that evolutionary theory is invaluable to understanding two key issues that have been impervious to solution using the standard social science model—the sex ratio in criminal offending and the age-crime curve.

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The document was originally published in The Oxford Handbook of Evolution, Biology, and Society (pp. 517- 542), edited by Rosemary L. Hopcroft, 2018. Reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press and is available online at