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Principles of Social Evolution

Andrew F.G. Bourke


Living things are organized in a hierarchy of levels. Genes group together in cells, cells group together in organisms, and organisms group together in societies. Even different species form mutualistic partnerships. In the history of life, previously independent units have formed groups that, in time, have come to resemble individuals in their own right. Biologists term such events the major transitions. The process common to them all is social evolution. Each occurs only if natural selection favours one unit joining with another in a new kind of group. This book presents a fresh synthesis of ... More

Keywords: evolution, inclusive fitness theory, major transition, natural selection, social evolution, social insect

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199231157
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231157.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew F.G. Bourke, author
School of Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia, UK