Fostering model explains variation in levels of sociality in a spider system

@inproceedings{JonesFosteringME,
  title={Fostering model explains variation in levels of sociality in a spider system},
  author={Thomas C. Jones and Susan E. Riechert and Sarah E. Dalrymple and Patricia G Parker}
}
We developed an ‘assured fitness returns’ model for the evolution of sociality independent of high relatedness within colonies. We first developed this model based on parameters from the northern social spider Anelosimus studiosus, which shows a higher incidence of multiple-female colonies caring for a common brood at higher latitudes and colder conditions within latitudes. The mathematical model developed predicts that multiple females will cooperatively care for a brood in those environments… CONTINUE READING
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