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In defence of inclusive fitness theory.
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PMID:  21430725     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Arising from M. A. Nowak, C. E. Tarnita & E. O. Wilson 466, 1057-1062 (2010); Nowak et al. reply. Arguably the defining characteristic of the scientific process is its capacity for self-criticism and correction. Nowak et al. challenge proposed connections between relatedness and the evolution of eusociality, suggest instead that defensible nests and "spring-loaded" traits are key, and present alternative modelling approaches. They then dismiss the utility of Hamilton's insight that relatedness has a profound evolutionary effect, formalized in his widely accepted inclusive fitness theory as Hamilton's rule ("Rise and fall of inclusive fitness theory"). However, we believe that Nowak et al. fail to make their case for logical, theoretical and empirical reasons.
Edward Allen Herre; William T Wcislo
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comment; Letter    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nature     Volume:  471     ISSN:  1476-4687     ISO Abbreviation:  Nature     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-03-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0410462     Medline TA:  Nature     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  E8-9; author reply E9-10     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Nature. 2010 Aug 26;466(7310):1057-62   [PMID:  20740005 ]

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