Altruism has long been thought to be one of the most perplexing behaviors in nature. It goes against the grain of survival of the fittest, a cornerstone of Darwin’s theory of evolution. Yet, it is seen across numerous species, from bees and dolphins to lions and primates, including adoption of other animals’ offspring.
In the case of social insects, parent substitution is one example of where altruism seems to contradict evolutionary theory – yet scientists have begun to understand how this behavior fits into the grand scheme of things. For instance, workers who substitute for parents can increase colony efficiency by taking on less reproduction and more foraging roles within their social group. Furthermore, by taking on the role as “mother” to another’s newborns, a bee or ant may benefit from improving its kin selection – a process which ensures that altruistic acts are passed down through genetics because they help an organism’s relatives survive and reproduce.
Thus, while altruism may seem counterintuitive at first glance, new research is beginning to reveal how this behavior plays a fundamental role in natural selection. To learn more about this topic – and see it explored firsthand – check out National Geographic’s fascinating new documentary: “Altruism: Nature’s Unsung Hero”. This film takes viewers on an exploration into the deep complexities behind altruistic behavior in the animal kingdom and why it has become so crucial for species survival. Through immersive narratives and stunning cinematography, viewers will get to witness remarkable acts of selflessness from some truly awe-inspiring creatures in nature.
From drones sacrificing themselves for the good of their hive to incredible acts of kindness between different species – Altruism: Nature’s Unsung Hero is a must-watch documentary for anyone interested in learning more about this mysterious phenomenon in nature. By bringing some insight into how selflessness can be beneficial for certain species – despite going against basic evolutionary principles – viewers will gain an appreciation for how complex our world really is and why at times it pays off to put someone else