Christopher X J. Jensen
Associate Professor, Pratt Institute

Further evidence that Hamilton was wrong about eusocial insects

Posted 11 Nov 2012 / 0

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What I find so fascinating about this study is that relatedness can actually under some scenarios undermine cooperation, and that when proper policing of cheating is possible, less-related individuals may have more incentive to cooperate. All that said, we are still talking about a “family” of insects, so relatedness still matters: Hamilton’s Rule may just be too simplistic.

A Minor Post, Articles, Behavior, Cooperation, Hymenoptera, Punishment, Superorganisms

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