Inclusive fitness and the major transitions in evolution

Bourke, Andrew (2019) Inclusive fitness and the major transitions in evolution. Current Opinion in Insect Science, 34. pp. 61-67. ISSN 2214-5753

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Abstract

Inclusive fitness theory is the leading framework for explaining the major transitions in evolution, whereby free-living subunits (e.g. cells, organisms) have cooperated to form new, higher-level units (e.g. organisms, eusocial societies). The theory has attracted considerable controversy. From a brief survey of the controversy's present status, I conclude that inclusive fitness theory continues to provide both a concept and a principled modelling tool of value for understanding social evolution, including major transitions. Turning to new developments in the study of major transitions, I describe work defining the point of occurrence of major transitions and, from inclusive fitness theory, the required conditions. I also suggest that it remains important to understand the evolution of individuality that occurs beyond such thresholds.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Biological Sciences
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2019 11:30
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2020 23:51
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/70477
DOI: 10.1016/j.cois.2019.03.008

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