The Evolution of Altruistic Behavior

  title={The Evolution of Altruistic Behavior},
  author={William B. Hamilton},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  pages={354 - 356}
  • W. Hamilton
  • Published 1 September 1963
  • Biology
  • The American Naturalist
Hamilton's rule.
This paper reviews and addresses a variety of issues relating to inclusive fitness, and considers cases where the qualitative claim that relatedness fosters cooperation holds, even if Hamilton's rule as a quantitative prediction does not.
Near-infrared spectroscopy identifies the colony and nest of origin of weaver ants, Oecophylla smaragdina
It is demonstrated, using near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), that individual weaver ants, Oecophylla smaragdina, can be differentiated with respect to their colony and nest of origin.
Evolutionary Game Theory: A Renaissance
This essay surveys the progress made over the last decade towards understanding economic phenomena, the work of young researchers, and discusses open research topics of importance to economics and the broader social sciences.
Evolutionary game theory : A renaissance Games
Economic agents are not always rational or farsighted and can make decisions according to simple behavioral rules that vary according to situation and can be studied using the tools of evolutionary
"How complex and even perverse the real world can be": W.D. Hamilton's early work on social wasps (1964-1968).
  • G. Caniglia
  • Biology, Medicine
    Studies in history and philosophy of biological and biomedical sciences
  • 2017
The article reconstructs Hamilton's empirical work with social wasps between 1963 and 1968, the years before and after the publication of the groundbreaking "The Genetical Evolution of Social Behavior" in 1964 and points out the centrality of Hamilton's work on wasps.
Orphan status , school attendance , and their relationship to household head in Nigeria
BACKGROUND This study addresses the important issue of whether extended family networks can meet the educational needs of orphans in Nigeria. The theory behind this paper is based on Hamilton’s rule,
Complex sources of variance in female dominance rank in a nepotistic society
The analyses reveal that the predictors of dominance rank in nepotistic rank systems are much more complex than previously thought, and raises the possibility that female body size or competitive ability may influence dominance rank, even in this classically nepotsistic species.
Natural selection. VII. History and interpretation of kin selection theory
  • S. Frank
  • Biology, Medicine
    Journal of evolutionary biology
  • 2013
The history of kin selection theory is described, with emphasis on how the causal perspective improved through the study of key patterns of natural history, such as dispersal and sex ratio, and through a unified approach to demographic and social processes.
The development and evolution of male androphilia in Samoan fa'afafine
The persistence of genetic factors underlying male androphilia (i.e., male sexual attraction toward males) is an evolutionary paradox given that androphilic males have been unlikely to reproduce.
The genetical theory of kin selection
Fisher's genetical paradigm is used to demonstrate the generality of Hamilton’s rule and to clarify links between different studies, and to emphasize the need to distinguish between general kin‐selection theory that forms the foundations of social evolution, and streamlined kin-selection methodology that isused to solve specific problems.


The causes of evolution . Longmans Green & Co . , London . 235 p . 1955 , Population genetics
  • New Biology
  • 1932
The Genetical Theory of Natural Selection
PROBABLY most geneticists to-day are some-what sceptical as to the value of the mathematical treatment of their problems. With the deepest respect, and even awe, for that association of complex