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, 471 (7339), E1-4; author reply E9-10

Inclusive Fitness Theory and Eusociality

Patrick AbbotJun AbeJohn AlcockSamuel AlizonJoao A C AlpedrinhaMalte AnderssonJean-Baptiste AndreMinus van BaalenFrancois BallouxSigal BalshineNick BartonLeo W BeukeboomJay M BiernaskieTrine BildeGerald BorgiaMichael BreedSam BrownRedouan BsharyAngus BucklingNancy T BurleyMax N Burton-ChellewMichael A CantMichel ChapuisatEric L CharnovTim Clutton-BrockAndrew CockburnBlaine J ColeNick ColegraveLeda CosmidesIain D CouzinJerry A CoyneScott CreelBernard CrespiRobert L CurrySasha R X DallTroy DayJanis L DickinsonLee Alan DugatkinClaire El MoudenStephen T EmlenJay EvansRegis FerriereJeremy FieldSusanne FoitzikKevin FosterWilliam A FosterCharles W FoxJuergen GadauSylvain GandonAndy GardnerMichael G GardnerThomas GettyMichael A D GoodismanAlan GrafenRick GrosbergChristina M GrozingerPierre-Henri GouyonDarryl GwynnePaul H HarveyBen J HatchwellJürgen HeinzeHeikki HelanteraKen R HelmsKim HillNatalie JiricnyRufus A JohnstoneAlex KacelnikE Toby KiersHanna KokkoJan KomdeurJudith KorbDaniel KronauerRolf KümmerliLaurent LehmannTimothy A LinksvayerSébastien LionBruce LyonJames A R MarshallRichard McElreathYannis MichalakisRichard E MichodDouglas MockThibaud MonninRobert MontgomerieAllen J MooreUlrich G MuellerRonald NoëSamir OkashaPekka PamiloGeoff A ParkerJes S PedersenIdo PenDavid PfennigDavid C QuellerDaniel J RankinSarah E ReeceHudson K ReeveMax ReuterGilbert RobertsSimon K A RobsonDenis RozeFrancois RoussetOlav RueppellJoel L SachsLorenzo SantorelliPaul Schmid-HempelMichael P SchwarzTom Scott-PhillipsJanet Shellmann-ShermanPaul W ShermanDavid M ShukerJeff SmithJoseph C SpagnaBeverly StrassmannAndrew V SuarezLiselotte SundströmMichael TaborskyPeter TaylorGraham ThompsonJohn ToobyNeil D TsutsuiKazuki TsujiStefano TurillazziFrancisco UbedaEdward L VargoBernard VoelklTom WenseleersStuart A WestMary Jane West-EberhardDavid F WestneatDiane C WiernaszGeoff WildRichard WranghamAndrew J YoungDavid W ZehJeanne A ZehAndrew Zink
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Inclusive Fitness Theory and Eusociality

Patrick Abbot et al. Nature.

Abstract

Arising from M. A. Nowak, C. E. Tarnita & E. O. Wilson 466, 1057-1062 (2010); Nowak et al. reply. Nowak et al. argue that inclusive fitness theory has been of little value in explaining the natural world, and that it has led to negligible progress in explaining the evolution of eusociality. However, we believe that their arguments are based upon a misunderstanding of evolutionary theory and a misrepresentation of the empirical literature. We will focus our comments on three general issues.

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  • The evolution of eusociality.
    Nowak MA, Tarnita CE, Wilson EO. Nowak MA, et al. Nature. 2010 Aug 26;466(7310):1057-62. doi: 10.1038/nature09205. Nature. 2010. PMID: 20740005 Free PMC article.

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