Sexual Selection , Social Competition , and Evolution *

  title={Sexual Selection , Social Competition , and Evolution *},
  author={Mary Jane West-Eberhard},
Social behavior holds a special position among natural phenomena in relation to the Darwinian theory of organic evolution. When individuals of the same species live in close proximity they compete directly for essential resources. And intraspecific reproductive competition is the cornerstone of the theory of evolution by natural selection. Thus the drama of what G. E. Hutchinson (1965) referred to as the "evolutionary play" is heightened-or at least more obvious-among members of the same social… CONTINUE READING
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