A majority of cultural anthropologists underestimate the value of sociobiological theory for a better understanding of human behavior. This essay attempts to demonstrate the shortcomings of this position by presenting an illustrative problem. Sexually asymmetrical physical attractiveness phenomena are examined first from a traditional psychosocial model. In its pure form this model is unable to account for the known data; when supplemented by sociobiological premises, however, these difficulties are resolved.
Donovan, James M., "Sociobiological and Psychosocial Models of Physical Attractiveness Phenomena: A Confrontation of Theories" (1989). Law Faculty Scholarly Articles. 462.