Social complexity in bees is not sufficient to explain lack of reversions to solitary living over long time scales

@article{Chenoweth2007SocialCI,
  title={Social complexity in bees is not sufficient to explain lack of reversions to solitary living over long time scales},
  author={Luke B Chenoweth and Simon M Tierney and Jaclyn A Smith and Steven J. B. Cooper and Michael P. Schwarz},
  journal={BMC Evolutionary Biology},
  year={2007},
  volume={7},
  pages={246 - 246}
}
The major lineages of eusocial insects, the ants, termites, stingless bees, honeybees and vespid wasps, all have ancient origins (≥ 65 mya) with no reversions to solitary behaviour. This has prompted the notion of a 'point of no return' whereby the evolutionary elaboration and integration of behavioural, genetic and morphological traits over a very long period of time leads to a situation where reversion to solitary living is no longer an evolutionary option. We show that in another group of… CONTINUE READING
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