The Unit of Selection in Viscous Populations and the Evolution of Altruism.

@article{vanBaalen1998TheUO,
  title={The Unit of Selection in Viscous Populations and the Evolution of Altruism.},
  author={M vanBaalen and Rand},
  journal={Journal of theoretical biology},
  year={1998},
  volume={193 4},
  pages={
          631-648
        }
}
  • van Baalen MRand
  • Published 21 August 1998
  • Economics
  • Journal of theoretical biology
Group selection can overcome individual selection for selfishness and favour altruism if there is variation among the founders of the spatially distinct groups, and groups with many altruists become substantially larger (or exist longer) than groups with few. Whether altruism can evolve in populations that do not have an alternation of local population growth and global dispersal ("viscous populations") has been disputed for some time. Limited dispersal protects the altruists from the non… 

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