Cooperative investment in public goods is kin directed in communal nests of social birds

@inproceedings{Dijk2014CooperativeII,
  title={Cooperative investment in public goods is kin directed in communal nests of social birds},
  author={Ren{\'e} E. van Dijk and Jennifer C Kaden and Araceli Arg{\"u}elles-Tic{\'o} and Deborah A. Dawson and Terry Burke and Ben J Hatchwell},
  booktitle={Ecology letters},
  year={2014}
}
The tragedy of the commons predicts social collapse when public goods are jointly exploited by individuals attempting to maximize their fitness at the expense of other social group members. However, animal societies have evolved many times despite this vulnerability to exploitation by selfish individuals. Kin selection offers a solution to this social dilemma, but in large social groups mean relatedness is often low. Sociable weavers (Philetairus socius) live in large colonies that share the… CONTINUE READING
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