#5 - Posted: 14/08/2008 21:50
What about the benefit of having two parents protect the offspring verses one? Or the notion of small communities looking out for each other which it may lead or, have led to?
In response to Tavi’s question (And I’m no expert) I’d say the answer to that lies in the advantages and disadvantages of carrying the offspring: Having a sort of partnership relationship (I know it’s not ubiquitous) means that the parent carrying the offspring has the disadvantage of being in a weaker state while doing so, also I’d say (And I’ve probably read this somewhere) it is a disadvantage do to the fact of added wear and tear on that individuals body, itself. However, it offers the advantage to that individual of added protection by the non-carrying participant who has a stake in seeing ‘his’ procreation come to fruition. I know I’m going in a circle here but wouldn’t this then lead to the “emergent property” or sense of community and grouping together of individuals which release signals (Chemical, vocal, etc.) to warn the group of impending dangers?
I’m sure there must have been studies done on the advantages vs disadvantages of carrying the offspring vs those of just “Fathering”. It would seem that the female would be at more of a disadvantage but then the males must be stronger and live a more dangerous life, so I don’t know.
In adding to my response to Tavi’s question of ‘super specialization’ in sex, there must also be some deterrent(s) to being both asexual and sexual, is it indeed disadvantageous to maintain both abilities?
What about this ‘fun’ aspect? Do multi-cellular organisms reach a point where they (Some of them at least) ‘crave’ contact with like members? Would this be an emergent property of multicellularity itself?
Just some thoughts.
Forgive my lack of clarity, please.