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Darwin’s “One Special Difficulty”

Posted in Uncategorized by Rodibidably on March 3, 2009

[Originally posted at: Medical News Today]

Darwin identified eusocial evolution, especially of complex insect societies, as a particular challenge to his theory of natural selection.

A century later, Hamilton provided a framework for selection on inclusive fitness encapsulated in Hamilton’s Rule. Hamilton’s idea is robust and fertile, having generated multiple subdisciplines over the past 45 years.

His suggestion that eusociality can be explained via kin selection, however, remains contentious.

I review the continuing debate on the role of kin selection in eusocial evolution and suggest some lines of research that should resolve that debate.

[Read the rest of this post at: Medical News Today]

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