Multilevel Selection Theory and Major Evolutionary Transitions

  title={Multilevel Selection Theory and Major Evolutionary Transitions},
  author={David Sloan Wilson and mark van vugt and Rick O'Gorman},
  journal={Current Directions in Psychological Science},
  pages={6 - 9}
The concept of a group as comparable to a single organism has had a long and turbulent history. Currently, methodological individualism dominates in many areas of psychology and evolution, but natural selection is now known to operate at multiple levels of the biological hierarchy. When between-group selection dominates within-group selection, a major evolutionary transition occurs and the group becomes a new, higher-level organism. It is likely that human evolution represents a major… 
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