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Principles of Social Evolution

Andrew F.G. Bourke

Oxford Series in Ecology and Evolution

  • Presents a fresh synthesis of the principles of social evolution that underlie the major transitions
  • The first integrated treatment of the topic since Maynard Smith and Szathmáry's landmark volume
  • Ranges from the evolution of cells to the evolution of social insects, and includes numerous examples of the principles demonstrated, drawn from the latest studies of microbes, plants, insects, birds, and mammals
  • Ideal course material for advanced undergraduates and for graduate seminars