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Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences vol:271 issue:Suppl 5 pages:S310-S3122
In human society selfish use of common resources can lead to disaster, a situation known as the 'tragedy of the commons' (TOC). Although a TOC is usually prevented by coercion, theory predicts that close kinship ties can also favour reduced exploitation. We test this prediction using data on a TOC occurring in Melipona bee societies.