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Infanticide Essay

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• How might the infanticide be seen as a reproductive strategy for males? What would you say if you saw a newspaper article that applied this concept (not the act itself) to human males? Do you think some people would object? Why or why not? It is well known that infanticide is defined as the act of killing an infant or the child which is under one year of age. It was studied in India that the males can increase their reproductive ability by killing the other males’ infants. This study was done on hanuman langurs by Hrdy in the year 1977. According to this study, there made a hypothesis which states that the male drove out the other reproductive male of the group by attacking and defeating him and then all the infants of the female which is reproductive but from the previous male to make that female sexually available. …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that infanticide is a reproductive strategy for males. it is defined as the act of killing an infant or child which is under one year of age.
  • Explains infanticide can be the reproductive strategy for males because female of the other reproductive male is producing milk and nurturing the child and is not sexually available.
  • Opines that infanticide can not be seen as the reproductive strategy for all times, but only when its effect is kept aside.
  • Explains that infanticide would be objected to by people because it makes the humans equal to other animals.
  • Explains that altruism in humans is evolutionary in origin. it is the act in which a person shows selfless concern for others for the welfare of that person.
  • Describes examples of altruistic behavior in humans, such as kindness, generosity, compassion, volunteering, and donating money and blood to help someone in need.
  • Argues that children have more common behaviors than adults and old age persons. adults sometimes be altruistic for rewards from others, but some people like mother teresa, help others for the rewards like joy.
  • Explains that altruistic behavior in humans does not come from the previous generation, since behaviors are developed during the lifetime of individuals, and cannot be passed from one generation to the other.
  • Explains that some scientists argue that chimpanzees should be put in the genus homo.
  • Explains that chimps and humans should be reclassified as homo troglodytes, a new genetic manifestation of anthropology.
  • Argues that reclassifying chimps would have political implications for the long-held view of the boundary between humans and other animals.

Because, female of the other reproductive male is producing the milk and is nurturing the child and it is because of this she is not sexually available. That’s why, males kill the other reproductive male, so, they can make female sexually available and she can start cycling again. The newspaper article for this concept would not be appreciated to the human males. As, it is just the human intellect that separates the humans from other animals and make them socialized. So, infanticide can not be seen as the reproductive strategy for all the times, but, only when its effect is kept aside. Infanticide would be objected by people because infanticide make the humans equal to other animals. So, they will never agree to the concept of infanticide. But, in the humans, infanticide is in existence, because males think that they are powerful and they want to maintain their power. • Can altruistic behavior be found in humans? If so, give some examples. Can the argument be made that altruism in humans is evolutionary in

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