Inclusive fitness theory and eusociality.

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Olav Rueppell, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: [...] Nowak et al.1 are incorrect to state that inclusive fitness requires a number of ''stringent assumptions'' such as pairwise interactions, weak selection, linearity, additivity and special population structures. [...] we dispute the claim of Nowak et al.1 that inclusive fitness theory ''does not provide any additional biological insight'', delivering only ''hypothetical explanations'', leading only to routine measurements and ''correlative studies'', and that the theory has ''evolved into an abstract enterprise largely on its own'', with a failure to consider multiple competing hypotheses.

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Language: English
Date: 2011
inclusive fitness theory, eusociality, biology, natural selection, evolution, biology

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