Richard Dawkins: Insurance Policy: Two Eggs, One Survivor

Sep 9, 2009

Richard Dawkins explains the related egg-laying habits of Nazca Boobies, Blue Footed Boobies and Gannetts. These evolved adaptations may seem cruel to us, but the genes for these varying insurance policies get passed on through the surviving chicks to future generations.

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