The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. How does the book begin and why is it important?

The book begins with a discussion on human nature. A psychiatrist can expect to find roughly similar traits among people. Although different in particular aspects, their emotions and behavior are considered similar for all people. To understand human nature, we must understand the evolution of human nature.

2. How would a pre-Darwin think explain why giraffes have long necks?

The giraffe has a long neck because its neck grew while trying to reach taller and taller leaves on trees. The giraffe then passes his long neck to his children.

3. Who changed the discussions concerning evolution after the 19th century?

Charles Darwin changed the discussions concerning evolution after the 19th century. He proposed that all life forms are the product of biological evolution.

4. To what is the human genome often compared?

Sometimes the human genome is compared to a deck of cards because all people have the same cards in common. But, any particular person will be a certain set of cards, while someone else is comprised by another set of cards.

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