I have been noticing for quite a while that I have this instinct to tear off and throw seeds from trees and plants.

This happens quite literally without any thought and I rarely even notice the act.

Is it possible that humans evolved with an instinct to spread wildlife similar to pollinating or is it just a weird habit?

  • $\begingroup$ I've never heard of anything like this. Did you grow up on a farm or were your parents involved in plants in any way? $\endgroup$ – Robert Columbia Mar 13 '17 at 12:58
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    $\begingroup$ Yeah, I spent a big part of my childhood around wildlife. $\endgroup$ – Ognian Mirev Mar 13 '17 at 12:59
  • $\begingroup$ When I was young I used to have the 'urge' to strip the seeds from grass and scatter them but I am not sure it was down to an inborn instinct. It was just a fascination I had as a young child. Oh and I wasn't raised on a farm or anything like that $\endgroup$ – Chris Rogers Mar 13 '17 at 23:57
  • $\begingroup$ I imagine long ago you couldn't get seeds from a supplier so you had to to get them directly from the plants. And their children saw them and did the same thing. And their children. And their children, etc. Even now if their is no real reason to do so. But probably long forgotten in urban environments. $\endgroup$ – user3169 Mar 14 '17 at 5:45
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    $\begingroup$ I personally don't have such an urge, so I guess the answer is "no". $\endgroup$ – TheBlackCat Mar 14 '17 at 20:08