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The sperm race is not an “every man for himself”: team play is essential

In an individual race, as a general rule, the fastest wins, the one who arrives first, and this is what was thought to happen with sperm. But after all, the race for reproduction may not be a saving to eat and more like a team strategylike in cycling.

In cycling events, it is the athletes who are in front of any group (platoon or groups) who are subjected to greater effort and fatigue because they face all the resistance of the air, as if they were making their way through dense vegetation to the other explorers. .

Another example (featured this week with an Ig Nobel Prize) is ducklings swimming behind their mothers as they swim: the ones behind use much less energy.

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Source: Observadora

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