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(Deep-Sea News)   Female crabs found to only eat their babies when they are hungry, which makes it OK then   (deepseanews.com) divider line 4
    More: Obvious, American Scientist, The Stages of Life, biodiversity, evolutionary synthesis, invertebrates, marine science, plankton, biology  
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2014-07-15 11:24:58 PM  
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doglover: Large mammals have a pretty weird reproduction strategy. They nurture ONE baby, and protect their weak young one for a long time until it matures.

Most invertebrates and plants just blast out kids by the 100's often enough some always survive.

Imagine if every time you had sex, 10 babies were left on the bed and they were more or less totally self sufficient. What would you do with all those kids?


Have sex out in the middle of the woods a lot more often. As far from home as possible.
2014-07-15 09:22:43 PM  
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doglover: Large mammals have a pretty weird reproduction strategy. They nurture ONE baby, and protect their weak young one for a long time until it matures.

Most invertebrates and plants just blast out kids by the 100's often enough some always survive.

Imagine if every time you had sex, 10 babies were left on the bed and they were more or less totally self sufficient. What would you do with all those kids?


Nothing.  They would be dumb as rocks (as would the parents).  The long childhood of humans is one reason we are so intelligent.  Human infants are born hilariously premature compared to other species.  If we weren't, babies either would not fit through the pelvic girdle or women's legs would be splayed out two feet from each other, and they would waddle like penguins with epilepsy.  But as a consequence our little underformed brains get bombarded with sensory data.  This in turn helps to develop the human brain to be flexible.  Instead of jelling before birth, our brains stay plastic to deal with the wild data dump it is constantly having to absorb.  If we had tiny-headed offspring with all the wiring preset like you want, we would be barely smarter than the crab and unable to discuss this.
2014-07-15 08:55:30 PM  
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SecretAgentWoman: The phrase "female crabs" makes me shudder.


It makes most women itch.
2014-07-15 08:55:16 PM  
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I don't blame her.

Have you eaten one? They're delicious.
 
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