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Social evolution in ants

Author: Andrew F G Bourke; Nigel R Franks
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1995.
Series: Monographs in behavior and ecology.
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One of the substantial contributions of Social Evolution in Ants is its clear explanation of kin selection theory and sex ratio theory and their applications to social evolution in insects. Working to dispel lingering skepticism about the validity of kin selection and, more broadly, of"selfish gene" theory. Bourke and Franks show how these ideas underpin the evolution of both cooperation and conflict within ant  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew F G Bourke; Nigel R Franks
ISBN: 0691044279 9780691044279 0691044260 9780691044262
OCLC Number: 32087436
Description: xiii, 529 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Kin selection --
Levels-of-selection theory, gene selectionism, and insect societies --
Kin selection, haplodiploidy, and the evolution of eusociality in ants --
Sex ratio theory for the social hymenoptera --
Tests of sex ration theory in ants --
Kin conflict over sex allocation --
Kin conflict over reproduction --
Evolution and ecology of multiple-queen societies --
Life history theory in ants --
The diversity of life histories in ants --
Mating biology --
The division of labor.
Series Title: Monographs in behavior and ecology.
Responsibility: Andrew F.G. Bourke and Nigel R. Franks.
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The self-sacrifice of sterile workers in ant colonies has been particularly difficult for evolutionary biologists to explain. This title presents an overview of the scientific knowledge about social  Read more...

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