Promiscuity Drives Self-Referent Kin Recognition

@article{Hain2006PromiscuityDS,
  title={Promiscuity Drives Self-Referent Kin Recognition},
  author={Timothy J A Hain and Bryan D. Neff},
  journal={Current Biology},
  year={2006},
  volume={16},
  pages={1807-1811}
}
Kin selection theory has been one of the most significant advances in our understanding of social behavior . However, the discovery of widespread promiscuity has challenged the evolutionary importance of kin selection because it reduces the benefit associated with helping nestmates . This challenge would be resolved if promiscuous species evolved a self-referent kin-recognition mechanism that enables individuals to differentiate kin and nonkin . Here, we take advantage of an asymmetry in the… CONTINUE READING
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