• Question: was puberty discovered or made?

    Asked by slmg to David, Helen, Ian, rhysphillips, Sarah on 24 Jun 2011.
    • Photo: Ian van der Linde

      Ian van der Linde answered on 20 Jun 2011:

      It’s the name for a naturally occurring bodily function. Somebody made up the name, but they didn’t make up the function.

    • Photo: Rhys Phillips

      Rhys Phillips answered on 20 Jun 2011:

      Um it’s always been there so neither really.

    • Photo: Sarah Cook

      Sarah Cook answered on 20 Jun 2011:

      It’s just a phase that everybody goes through when growing into an adult. So it hasn’t really been made or discovered as such.

    • Photo: Helen Fletcher

      Helen Fletcher answered on 24 Jun 2011:

      I guess it was ‘made’ by evolution- if we didn’t go through puberty, we wouldn’t be able to reproduce and our species would be a dead end….!