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The evolution of eusociality.
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PMID:  20740005     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Eusociality, in which some individuals reduce their own lifetime reproductive potential to raise the offspring of others, underlies the most advanced forms of social organization and the ecologically dominant role of social insects and humans. For the past four decades kin selection theory, based on the concept of inclusive fitness, has been the major theoretical attempt to explain the evolution of eusociality. Here we show the limitations of this approach. We argue that standard natural selection theory in the context of precise models of population structure represents a simpler and superior approach, allows the evaluation of multiple competing hypotheses, and provides an exact framework for interpreting empirical observations.
Martin A Nowak; Corina E Tarnita; Edward O Wilson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nature     Volume:  466     ISSN:  1476-4687     ISO Abbreviation:  Nature     Publication Date:  2010 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-08-26     Completed Date:  2010-09-13     Revised Date:  2013-05-28    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0410462     Medline TA:  Nature     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1057-62     Citation Subset:  IM    
Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, Department of Mathematics, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Behavior, Animal / physiology*
Biological Evolution*
Insects / physiology
Models, Biological
Selection, Genetic
Social Behavior*
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Comment In:
Nature. 2010 Oct 7;467(7316):661   [PMID:  20930829 ]
Nature. 2010 Oct 7;467(7316):661   [PMID:  20930827 ]
Nature. 2010 Oct 7;467(7316):661   [PMID:  20930828 ]
Nature. 2010 Oct 7;467(7316):661   [PMID:  20930826 ]
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