Origins of genital mutilation/cutting

Mhairi A Gibson*

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An enduring puzzle in evolution is the maintenance of costly traits. Šafa et al.1
examine phylogenetic evidence
for the origins of genital mutilation/cutting (GM/C) in human societies, and fnd that these practices probably
emerged multiple times during the past 5,000–7,000 years, and that female GM/C arose only after male GM/C
was present in a society.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)618-619
Number of pages2
JournalNature Human Behaviour
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 10 May 2022


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