The evolutionary history of division of labour.

  title={The evolutionary history of division of labour.},
  author={Carl Simpson},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  volume={279 1726},
Functional specialization, or division of labour (DOL), of parts within organisms and colonies is common in most multi-cellular, colonial and social organisms, but it is far from ubiquitous. Several mechanisms have been proposed to explain the evolutionary origins of DOL; the basic feature common to all of them is that functional differences can arise easily. These mechanisms cannot explain the many groups of colonial and social animals that exhibit no DOL despite up to 500 million years of… CONTINUE READING