Beyond society: the evolution of organismality.

@article{Queller2009BeyondST,
  title={Beyond society: the evolution of organismality.},
  author={David C. Queller and Joan E Strassmann},
  journal={Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences},
  year={2009},
  volume={364 1533},
  pages={3143-55}
}
The evolution of organismality is a social process. All organisms originated from groups of simpler units that now show high cooperation among the parts and are nearly free of conflicts. We suggest that this near-unanimous cooperation be taken as the defining trait of organisms. Consistency then requires that we accept some unconventional organisms, including some social insect colonies, some microbial groups and viruses, a few sexual partnerships and a number of mutualistic associations… CONTINUE READING
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