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|I have some questions regarding evolution:|
How does evolution explain the development of the reproduction process? In other words, how is it that life evolved into male and female genders? It seems that the evolutionary process would have to have occurred twice simultaneously in order to produce male and female counterparts for procreation to go forth. How is this process explained?
Thanks for your help,
I'd start with John Maynard Smith's "Evolution of Sex". It's 30 years old, but I recall from reading it as a post-doc that it covers the ground fairly well. There may be a newer version of this book as well, but the old classic should still get you started.
Additionally, I'd caution you against making anthropogenic assumptions. Even bacteria and fungi have sex, but not "genders". The real hurdle to understanding the evolution of sex in eukaryotes, as I recall, was trying to understand the evolution of meiosis, which is required in order to produce haploid gametes. There is almost certainly more known about that now than was known in the late 1970's!
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