The Evolution of Reciprocal Altruism

@inproceedings{Trivers2010TheEO,
  title={The Evolution of Reciprocal Altruism},
  author={Robert Trivers},
  year={2010}
}
A model is presented to account for the natural selection of what is termed reciprocally altruistic behavior. The model shows how selection can operate -against the cheater (non-reciprocator) in the system. Three instances of altruistic behavior are discussed, the evolution of which the model can explain: (1) behavior involved in cleaning symbioses; (2) warning cries in birds: and (3) human reciprocal altruism. Regarding human reciprocal altruism, it is shown that the details of the… CONTINUE READING

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