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Human Social Evolution: The Foundational Works of Richard D. Alexander

Kyle Summers and Bernard Crespi


Richard D. Alexander is an accomplished entomologist who turned his attention to solving some of the most perplexing problems associated with the evolution of human social systems. Using impeccable Darwinian logic and elaborating, extending and adding to the classic theoretical contributions of pioneers of behavioral and evolutionary ecology like George Williams, William Hamilton, and Robert Trivers, Alexander developed the most detailed and comprehensive vision of human social evolution of his era. His ideas and hypotheses have inspired countless biologists, anthropologists, psychologists and ... More

Keywords: human social systems, human social evolution, human social behavior, Richard D. Alexander, behavioral ecology, evolutionary ecology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199791750
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199791750.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kyle Summers, author
Professor of Biology, East Carolina University

Bernard Crespi, author
Professor of Evolutionary Biology, Simon Fraser University