An organism is said to be altruistic if its behaviour benefits another organism; at a cost to itself. With this in mind we discuss several examples of altruism and try to explain the evolutionary advantage of such behaviour. By examining the behaviour patterns of the five great apes we can start to see how our own moral sense may have started to develop. Obligatory Lassie footage included.
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Further reading: de Waal, F.B.M. (2008) Putting the Altruism Back into Altruism: The Evolution of Empathy Annu. Rev. Psychol. 59:279300 Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene
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