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Social evolution and inclusive fitness theory : an introduction

Author: James A R Marshall
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Social behavior has long puzzled evolutionary biologists, since the classical theory of natural selection maintains that individuals should not sacrifice their own fitness to affect that of others. Social Evolution and Inclusive Fitness Theory argues that a theory first presented in 1963 by William D. Hamilton{u2014}inclusive fitness theory{u2014}provides the most fundamental and general explanation for the  Read more...
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Named Person: W D Hamilton; W D Hamilton; W D Hamilton
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James A R Marshall
ISBN: 9780691161563 0691161569
OCLC Number: 891001474
Description: xvii, 195 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Social behavior and evolutionary thought --
Models of social behavior --
The price equation --
Inclusive fitness and Hamilton's rule --
Nonadditive interactions and Hamilton's rule --
Conditional behaviors and inclusive fitness --
Variants of Hamilton's rule and evolutionary explanations --
Heritability, maximization, and evolutionary explanations --
What is fitness? --
Evidence, other approaches, and further topics.
Responsibility: James A.R. Marshall.
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Social behavior has long puzzled evolutionary biologists, since the classical theory of natural selection maintains that individuals should not sacrifice their own fitness to affect that of others. Social Evolution and Inclusive Fitness Theory argues that a theory first presented in 1963 by William D. Hamilton{u2014}inclusive fitness theory{u2014}provides the most fundamental and general explanation for the evolution and maintenance of social behavior in the natural world. James Marshall guides readers through the vast and confusing literature on the evolution of social behavior, introducing and explaining the competing theories that claim to provide answers to questions such as why animals evolve to behave altruistically. Using simple statistical language and techniques that practicing biologists will be familiar with, he provides a comprehensive yet easily understandable treatment of key concepts and their repeated misinterpretations. Particular attention is paid to how more realistic features of behavior, such as nonadditivity and conditionality, can complicate analysis. Marshall highlights the general problem of identifying the underlying causes of evolutionary change, and proposes fruitful approaches to doing so in the study of social evolution. Social Evolution and Inclusive Fitness Theory describes how inclusive fitness theory addresses both simple and complex social scenarios, the controversies surrounding the theory, and how experimental work supports the theory as the most powerful explanation for social behavior and its evolution. --Provided by publisher.

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"Overall, this useful little book provides a superlative introduction to the core mathematics one needs to understand the quantitative basis of sociobiology."--Choice

 
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