Monthly Archives: February 2014

Monogamy Journals

Though monogamous relationships are found in less than three percent of mammalian species, there are a lot of benefits to it (Opie, Atkinson, Dunbar, Shultz). Unlike human relationships, monogamous relationships among mammals in the animal kingdom are not related to … Continue reading

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Darwin’s Surprise

Personally I feel that the title of the article itself is quite clever and very amusing, I feel that titling the piece “Darwin’s Surprise” gives a bit of insight into the correlation between the evolution of humans and apes, in … Continue reading

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Social Monogamy in Primates

The evolution of monogamy in primates has been a very intriguing subject for many researchers resulting in various hypotheses to explain its evolution. Currently, it seems that social monogamy has resulted in mammals because it overall increases the viability of … Continue reading

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Monogamy in Primates

Among a variety of reasons for following a monogamous mating pattern, one of the main reasons is due to the viability of one offspring rather than multiple. In certain situations, especially when dealing with K-selecting species, a male can help … Continue reading

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Darwin’s Surprise Journal

Darwin’s Surprise, an article written by Michael Specter was published in the New Yorker on December 3, 2007. This article deals with new developments and theories emerging in the field of  paleovirology and molecular biology. This article was titled Darwin’s … Continue reading

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Darwin’s Surprise

Darwin might find it surprising that the organism most at arms with humans, the most advanced species on the planet, are the lifeless viruses, the simplest carriers of genetic information. Darwin’s surprise is that endogenic retroviruses such as H.I.V. could … Continue reading

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Darwin’s Surprise

I think that the article is titled “Darwin’s Surprise” because it includes concepts that would surprise/puzzle Darwin had he heard them during his lifetime. Some of the specific concepts that would startle Darwin include the idea of human beings having … Continue reading

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