Origins of altruism diversity II: Runaway coevolution of altruistic strategies via "reciprocal niche construction".

@article{Dyken2012OriginsOA,
  title={Origins of altruism diversity II: Runaway coevolution of altruistic strategies via "reciprocal niche construction".},
  author={James David Van Dyken and Michael J Wade},
  journal={Evolution; international journal of organic evolution},
  year={2012},
  volume={66 8},
  pages={2498-513}
}
Understanding the evolution of altruism requires knowledge of both its constraints and its drivers. Here we show that, paradoxically, ecological constraints on altruism may ultimately be its strongest driver. We construct a two-trait, coevolutionary adaptive dynamics model of social evolution in a genetically structured population with local resource competition. The intensity of local resource competition, which influences the direction and strength of social selection and which is typically… CONTINUE READING

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