Very recently, I begun pondering on something that might be a little much for me alone to grasp...
What is it that caused multi-cell organisms to split into genders?
Or even - why they became hermaphroditic in the first place?
Reasonably speaking, to put the survival of the species, or even the continuation of one's own genes into the hands of another doesn't seem very wise or "fit". We could say that it increased the chances for mutation and accelerated evolution, but on the other hand, it means very little compared to the most resilient organisms on the planet - I'm talking about various single-cell organisms, who reproduce by mitosis and seem to be able to adapt to just about anything one can throw at them. They can even withstand severe conditions like the ones on the Moon surface, probably on Mars also, extreme temperature and pressure variations etc.
So, what is the upside to "genderization"? How does becoming dependent on another for reproduction make a species more fit than the alternative? What mechanism fathered it?
The meek shall inherit the earth, because the strong shall inherit the stars!