Inclusive fitness theory and eusociality

  title={Inclusive fitness theory and eusociality},
  author={Patrick Abbot and Jun Abe and John Alcock and Samuel Alizon and Joao A. C. Alpedrinha and Malte Andersson and Jean-Baptiste Andr{\'e} and Minus Van Baalen and François Balloux and Sigal S Balshine and Nick Barton and Leo W Beukeboom and Jay M Biernaskie and Trine Bilde and Gerald Borgia and Michael Breed and Sam P. Brown and Redouan Bshary and Angus Buckling and Nancy Tyler Burley and Max N. Burton-Chellew and Michael A Cant and Michel Chapuisat and Eric L. Charnov and Tim H Clutton-Brock and Andrew Cockburn and Blaine J. Cole and Nick Colegrave and Leda Cosmides and Iain D. Couzin and Jerry A. Coyne and Scott Creel and Bernard J Crespi and Robert L. Curry and Sasha R. X. Dall and Troy Day and Janis L. Dickinson and Lee Alan Dugatkin and Claire El Mouden and Stephen T. Emlen and Jay Evans and Regis Ferriere and Jeremy Field and Susanne Foitzik and Kevin Foster and William A A Foster and Charles W. Fox and J{\"u}rgen Gadau and Sylvain Gandon and Andy Gardner and Michael G. Gardner and Thomas Getty and Michael A. D. Goodisman and Alan Grafen and Rick Grosberg and Christina M Grozinger and Pierre-Henri Gouyon and Darryl T. Gwynne and P. H. Harvey and Ben J Hatchwell and J{\"u}rgen Heinze and Heikki Helantera and Ken R. Helms and Kim Hill and Natalie Jiricny and Rufus A. Johnstone and Alex Kacelnik and E. Toby Kiers and Hanna Kokko and Jan Komdeur and Judith Korb and Daniel J C Kronauer and Rolf K{\"u}mmerli and Laurent Lehmann and Timothy A. Linksvayer and S{\'e}bastien Lion and B. Lyon and James A R Marshall and Richard L McElreath and Yannis Michalakis and Richard E. Michod and Douglas W. Mock and Thibaud Monnin and Robert Montgomerie and Allen J Moore and Ulrich G Mueller and Ronald No{\"e} and Samir Okasha and Pekka Pamilo and G. A. Parker and Jes S\oe Pedersen and Ido Pen and David W. Pfennig and David C. Queller and Daniel J. Rankin and Sarah E. Reece and Hudson Kern Reeve and Max Reuter and Gilbert Roberts and Simon K A Robson and Denis Roze and François Rousset and Olav Rueppell and Joel Lawrence Sachs and Lorenzo A. Santorelli and Paul Schmid-Hempel and Michael P. Schwarz and Tom Scott-Phillips and Janet Shellmann-Sherman and Paul W. Sherman and David M. Shuker and Jeff Smith and Joseph C. Spagna and Beverly I. Strassmann and Andrew V Suarez and Liselotte Sundstr{\"o}m and Michael Taborsky and Peter Taylor and Graham Thompson and John Tooby and Neil D Tsutsui and Kazuki Tsuji and Stefano Turillazzi and Francisco {\'U}beda and Edward L Vargo and Bernard Voelkl and Tom Wenseleers and Stuart A. West and Mary Jane West-Eberhard and David F. Westneat and Diane C. Wiernasz and Geoff Wild and Richard W. Wrangham and Andrew J. Young and David W. Zeh and Jeanne A. Zeh and Andrew G. Zink},
Arising from M. A. Nowak, C. E. Tarnita & E. O. Wilson 466, 1057–1062 (2010)10.1038/nature09205; Nowak et al. replyNowak et al. argue that inclusive fitness theory has been of little value in explaining the natural world, and that it has led to negligible progress in explaining the evolution of eusociality. However, we believe that their arguments are based upon a misunderstanding of evolutionary theory and a misrepresentation of the empirical literature. We will focus our comments on three… CONTINUE READING

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