News tagged with evolutionary theory

The origins of laughter

We know the benefits of laughter on health. But why do we laugh? What are the evolutionary origins of laughter and humour? Steven Légaré has asked these questions and has made them the subject of his master's ...

Mar 27, 2013 3 / 5 (4) 1

Evolutionary benefits of sex in difficult places

(Phys.org) -- University of Auckland scientists have provided the first experimental explanation of how sexual reproduction helps species adapt in challenging real-world environments, solving a classic conundrum in evolutionary ...

Jun 14, 2012 5 / 5 (5) 1 | with audio podcast

Genetic similarity promotes cooperation

In a dog-eat-dog world of ruthless competition and 'survival of the fittest,' new research from the University of Leicester reveals that individuals are genetically programmed to work together and cooperate ...

Apr 18, 2012 4.8 / 5 (5) 1 | with audio podcast