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Male and Female Athletic Performance: Worlds Apart

By Jon Pike, Emma Hilton, and Leslie A. Howe writing for Quillette


Photo by Simon Connellan on Unsplash


In line with the biology of sexual reproduction and evolutionary pressure on reproductive fitness, males and females are physically different. Physical divergence begins with primary sex development at around seven weeks in utero when, triggered by genetic information inherited at fertilization, bipotential gonads differentiate as either testes in males or ovaries in females. The differentiation and development of gonad type generates a sex-specific hormonal profile that drives ongoing development associated with sex class.

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