Altruism is no family matter
Format: Magazine Article
Publication Year: 2008
Sources ID: 48906
Visibility: Public (group default)
IT IS just about the greatest sacrifice possible, and in evolutionary terms it looks like madness. Forgoing reproduction in order to help raise another’s offspring is a supreme act of altruism. It happens routinely in hundreds of ant, bee and wasp species, where sterile workers toil for the benefit of the queen.