Killer whales, grandmas and what men want: Evolutionary biologists consider menopause

By Erin Wayman, 09:44 AM August 19, 2013

Menopause seems like a cruel prank that Mother Nature plays on women. First come the hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, irregular periods, irritability and weight gain. Then menstruation stops and fertility ends. Why, many women ask, must they suffer through this? Evolutionary biologists, it turns out, ask themselves more or less the same question. How on Earth could such a seemingly maladaptive trait ever evolve? 

From a Darwinian point of view, menopause is just weird. In the g...

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