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A General Model for Kin Selection
David C. Queller
Vol. 46, No. 2 (Apr., 1992), pp. 376-380
Published by: Society for the Study of Evolution
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2409858
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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.
Evolution © 1992 Society for the Study of Evolution