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  •  Evolutionary value of homosexuality (6+ / 0-)

    Interesting article, with speculation on possible evolutionary advantages

    Insofar as homosexuals have been freed from investing time and energy in their own reproduction, perhaps they are able to help their relatives rear offspring, to the ultimate evolutionary benefit of any homosexuality-promoting genes present in those children.
    Since there is some anthropological evidence that in preindustrial societies homosexual men are more than randomly likely to become priests or shamans, perhaps the additional social prestige conveyed to their heterosexual relatives might give a reproductive boost to those relatives,
    it is at least possible that ...groups containing homosexuals might have done better than groups composed entirely of straights.
    What if one or more genes that predispose toward homosexuality (and with it, reduced reproductive output) in one sex actually work in the opposite manner in the other sex?....One study has found that female relatives of gay men have more children than do those of straight men.
    http://chronicle.com/...

    “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

    by Catte Nappe on Sat May 11, 2013 at 04:12:38 PM PDT

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