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Phenotypic Plasticity and the Origins of Diversity
Phenotypic plasticity is the ability of a single genotype to produce more than one alternative form of morphology, physiological state, and/or behavior in response to environmental conditions.Expand
Sexual Selection, Social Competition, and Speciation
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Patterns of variation in socially selected characters demonstrate the wisdom of Darwin's distinction between natural and sexual selection, and the applicability of sexual selection theory to social competition in general. Expand
Developmental plasticity and the origin of species differences
  • M. West-Eberhard
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences…
  • 25 April 2005
TLDR
It is argued that the origin of species differences, and of novel phenotypes in general, involves the reorganization of ancestral phenotypes (developmental recombination) followed by the genetic accommodation of change. Expand
Catalog of hymenoptera in America North of Mexico
Sexual selection, social competition and evolution
Social behavior holds a special position among natural phenomena in relation to the Darwinian theory of organic evolution. When individuals of the same species live in close proximity they competeExpand
Temporary Queens in Metapolybia Wasps: Nonreproductive Helpers Without Altruism?
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In Metapolybia aztecoides some mated females produce only workers, losing in competition with other similar egg-layers before producing either males or queens, a by-product of mutualism rather than of kin selection or parental manipulation. Expand
Natural history and evolution of paper-wasps
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The evolution of eusociality, including a review of the social status of Ropalidia marignata, and behavioural screening and the evolution of polygyny in paper wasps. Expand
Phenotypic accommodation: adaptive innovation due to developmental plasticity.
  • M. West-Eberhard
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Journal of experimental zoology. Part B…
  • 15 November 2005
TLDR
Phenotypic accommodation is adaptive adjustment, without genetic change, of variable aspects of the phenotype following a novel input during development, which is the first step in a process of Darwinian adaptive evolution, or evolution by natural selection. Expand
Inclusive fitness theory and eusociality
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It is argued that inclusive fitness theory has been of little value in explained the natural world, and that it has led to negligible progress in explaining the evolution of eusociality, but these arguments are based upon a misunderstanding of evolutionary theory and a misrepresentation of the empirical literature. Expand
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