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Social Evolution and Inclusive Fitness Theory: An Introduction

James A.R. Marshall


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. This book argues that a theory first presented in 1963 by William D. Hamilton—inclusive fitness theory—provides the most fundamental and general explanation for the evolution and maintenance of social behaviors in the natural world. The book guides readers through the vast and confusing literature on the evolution of social behavior, introducing and explaining the competing theories that claim to pr ... More

Keywords: social behaviors, natural selection, inclusive fitness theory, nonadditivity, conditionality, evolutionary change, evolution, social evolution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780691161563
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691161563.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James A.R. Marshall, author
University of Sheffield