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Altruism and sexual selection

By Richard Alleyne

Psychologists believe that traits such as selflessness and altruism have become part of our genetic make-up because they were attractive to mates.

They believe that as humans evolved, qualities such as being fittest and strongest were usurped by other qualities – such as offering a helping hand in bringing up the children.

“The expansion of the human brain would have greatly increased the cost of raising children so it would have been important for our ancestors to choose mates both willing and able to be good, long-term parents,” said Dr Tim Phillips and colleagues from the University of Nottingham and Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London.

Read the original article at: The Telegraph

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