The Origin and Evolution of Polymorphism in Ants

@article{Wilson1953TheOA,
  title={The Origin and Evolution of Polymorphism in Ants},
  author={Edward O. Wilson},
  journal={The Quarterly Review of Biology},
  year={1953},
  volume={28},
  pages={136 - 156}
}
  • E. Wilson
  • Published 1 June 1953
  • Biology
  • The Quarterly Review of Biology
IN THE biological literature of the past two decades the term polymorphism has been applied usually to one or the other of two almost completely separate phenomena. In genetics it is defined as the condition of two or more distinctive and discontinuous genetic types existing in a population (Ford, 1940). In the study of social insects it is defined as the existence within an individual colony of two or more phases or castes belonging to the same sex, without particular regard to their genetic… 

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