The Evolution of Males and Females
Judith Mank leads a tour of how sex is genetically programmed and how sex differences evolve.
Males and females in many species are often quite different from one another. The sex of an individual can have profound effects on how an organisms behaves, how it looks, how it lives and, in some cases, even how it dies. These differences are the product of different evolutionary forces acting on males and females, sometimes creating substantial conflicts between the sexes. In this talk, I’ll give a quick tour of how sex is genetically programmed and how sex differences evolve.
Judith Mank is Professor in the Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment at University College London. She is interested in understanding how form, behaviour and reproductive patterns have evolved through selective pressures.
Q&A – The Evolution of Males and Females
Why does sexual cannibalism exist? Do humans have more sex than any other species? Judith Mank answers questions from the audience about the evolution of the sexes after her talk.