Evolution

Reproductive quirks (part 1): Why did menopause evolve?

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Women go through menopause when they still have a third of their life ahead of them (Photo credit: paul goyette)

Humans are oddballs in the animal kingdom for many reasons, but one of the quirkiest things is how we reproduce. Or, more to the point, how our bodies behave when we aren’t reproducing. Menstruation and menopause are both very rare. Of all mammals, only us, our primate relatives and elephant shrews menstruate. Menopause is even harder to come by — killer whales are our only sisters in hot-flushes, apparently.

I’ve written two pieces for The Conversation about the evolutionary theories that try to explain where menopause and menstruation come from. The first, about menopause, is out today. Check it out!

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  1. Pingback: Reproductive quirks (part 2): Why did menstruation evolve? | Dyani Lewis

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