Evolutionary Aspects of Disease Avoidance: The Role of Disease in the Development of Complex Society

@article{Caldararo2012EvolutionaryAO,
  title={Evolutionary Aspects of Disease Avoidance: The Role of Disease in the Development of Complex Society},
  author={Niccolo Leo Caldararo},
  journal={Human Cognition in Evolution \& Development eJournal},
  year={2012}
}
  • N. Caldararo
  • Published 7 February 2012
  • Biology
  • Human Cognition in Evolution & Development eJournal
Avoiding disease certainly has value to the individual in escaping pain, suffering and death. It would seem obvious that mechanisms would evolve to enhance the ability of an individual to recognize and avoid contact leading to infection or exposure to infection. Social animals especially display evidence of behavior that avoid or limit disease and death, as in the grouped behavior of the water flea Daphnia where grouped animals give off more carbon dioxide than single ones and this extra CO2… 

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