Suppression of social conflict and evolutionary transitions to cooperation.

@article{Cant2012SuppressionOS,
  title={Suppression of social conflict and evolutionary transitions to cooperation.},
  author={Michael A Cant},
  journal={The American naturalist},
  year={2012},
  volume={179 2},
  pages={293-301}
}
Evolutionary conflict arises at all levels of biological organization and presents a barrier to the evolution of cooperation. This barrier can be overcome by mechanisms that reduce the disparity between the fitness optima of subunits, sometimes called the "battleground" of conflict. An alternative, unstudied possibility is that effort invested in conflict is unprofitable. This possibility has received little attention because most existing models of social conflict assume that fitness depends… CONTINUE READING