Title: There is nothing wrong with inclusive fitness
Authors: Foster, Kevin R. ×
Wenseleers, Tom
Ratnieks, Francis L.W.
Queller, David C. #
Issue Date: 7-Sep-2006
Publisher: Elsevier Science Publishers B.V. (Biomedical Division)
Series Title: Trends in ecology & evolution vol:21 issue:11 pages:599-600
Abstract: We thank Fletcher et al. [1] for their comments on our recent TREE article [2]. These can be condensed down to two key points. First, a change in the definition of altruism: to claim that altruism can evolve without relatedness, Fletcher et al have simply changed and broadened the definition used by Wilson and Ho¨lldobler [3] and ourselves [2] to include reciprocal altruism. Second, the authors argue that group selection preceded kin selection (i.e. inclusive fitness) theory as a theoretical tool to explain altruism in the social insects. We discuss both but note that
neither point weakens our article [2], or rescues the problems in that by Wilson and Ho¨lldobler [3].
ISSN: 0169-5347
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity Conservation Section
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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