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Arising from M. A. Nowak, C. E. Tarnita & E. O. Wilson 466, 1057-1062 (2010); Nowak et al. reply. Nowak et al. argue that inclusive fitness theory has been of little value in explaining the natural world, and that it has led to negligible progress in explaining the evolution of eusociality. However, we believe that their arguments are based upon a misunderstanding of evolutionary theory and a misrepresentation of the empirical literature. We will focus our comments on three general issues.

Original publication

DOI

10.1038/nature09831

Type

Journal article

Journal

Nature

Publication Date

24/03/2011

Volume

471

Pages

E1 - E4

Keywords

Altruism, Animals, Biological Evolution, Cooperative Behavior, Female, Game Theory, Genetic Fitness, Genetics, Population, Heredity, Humans, Male, Models, Biological, Phenotype, Reproducibility of Results, Selection, Genetic, Sex Ratio