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A General Model for Kin Selection

David C. Queller
Evolution
Vol. 46, No. 2 (Apr., 1992), pp. 376-380
DOI: 10.2307/2409858
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2409858
Page Count: 5
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Abstract

Inclusive fitness theory is central to our understanding of the evolution of social behavior. By showing the importance of genetic transmission through nondescendent relatives, it helps to explain the evolution of reproductively altruistic behaviors, such as those observed in the social insects. Inclusive fitness thinking is quantified by Hamilton's rule, but Hamilton's rule has often been criticized for being inexact or insufficiently general. Here I show how adopting a genic perspective yields a very general version that remains pleasingly simple and transparent.

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