Mating Strategy linked to Group’s Size in which they are raised

Mating Strategy linked to Group’s Size in which they are raised

A new study stated that evolution is evident that it is fine to settle down rather than holding out. In the study, researchers have used a computer model to study thousands of generations of evolution.

The researchers from Michigan State University did the same in order to measure risk taking behaviours, including decisions like choosing mate. Study’s co-author Chris Adami, MSU professor of microbiology and molecular genetics, said that primitive humans were forced to bet on whether or not they could find a better mate.

“They could either choose to mate with the first, potentially inferior, companion and risk inferior offspring, or they could wait for Mr. or Ms. Perfect to come around. If they chose to wait, they risk never mating”, sad Adami.

The researchers found a number of variables that could influence the chance of such risk-taking behaviours. Arend Hintze, an MSU research associate, said it is not the total population size, but the group that matters when it comes to the evolution of risk aversion.

Adami affirmed that humans do not evolve to be the same. Evolution leads to diversity in our acceptance of risk. This is the reason that some people are more likely to take bigger risks than others. In fact, the same factor is seen in simulations.

The researchers also wanted to know the circumstances that might affect people’s decisions in taking once-in-a-lifetime decisions that would have big impact in future, like the chance to have baby. The researchers found that people's mating strategy is linked to the size of the group in which they are raised.

The ones who are raised in a small group were more likely to be reluctant in risk that comes with the “wait for perfection” than those raised in a larger group.