Ecology of Social Evolution

Editors: Korb, Judith, Heinze, Juergen (Eds.)

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  • Deals with the key questions of sociobiology: If Darwin and Dawkins were right, the selection process in evolution would always have favoured egoism. Why, then, do so many animal groups show so many actions of altruism?
  • Internationally leading scientists contribute to the clarification of these questions dealing with "their" favourite animal groups
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Research on the evolution of social behaviour has been dominated by genetic relatedness for a long time; however, both recent empirical studies and theoretical concepts give growing evidence for ecological factors acting as very prominent additional or alternative driving forces in social evolution. Now the time is ripe to investigate similarities and differences in the course of social evolution in different animals. This book brings together renowned researchers working on sociality in different animals. For the first time, they compile the evidence for the importance of ecological factors in the evolution of social life, ranging from invertebrate to vertebrate social systems, and evaluate its importance versus that of relatedness.

Answers are given to important questions such as:

- Which factors favour group living in social invertebrates and vertebrates?

- Are there general differences in the evolutionary forces promoting social life in social insects versus cooperatively breeding vertebrates?

- Why are there only so few eusocial vertebrates?

- Can relatedness within social groups be a by-product arising from the fact that neighbours are generally kin?

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From the reviews:

"The ecology of social evolution … attempt to redress a perceived bias for genetic interpretations in the study of social evolution by focussing on the ecological side. … there are new and valuable insights in this book. Readers will find authoritative and up-to-date reviews on a wide range of taxa, from social insects both familiar and unfamiliar, to social vertebrates including cooperatively breeding birds, mole-rats and primates." (Andrew F.G. Bourke, Myrmecological News, Vol. 200 (11), August, 2008)


Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • The Evolution and Ecology of Cooperation – History and Concepts

    Pages 1-36

    Gardner, Andy (et al.)

  • The Ecology of Altruism in a Clonal Insect

    Pages 37-56

    Pike, Nathan (et al.)

  • The Evolutionary Ecology of Eusociality in Australian Gall Thrips: a ‘Model Clades’ Approach

    Pages 57-83

    Chapman, Thomas W. (et al.)

  • The Ecology and Evolution of Helping in Hover Wasps (Hymenoptera: Stenogastrinae)

    Pages 85-107

    Field, Jeremy

  • Why are so Many Bees but so Few Digger Wasps Social? The Effect of Provisioning Mode and Helper Efficiency on the Distribution of Sociality Among the Apoidea

    Pages 109-127

    Strohm, Erhard (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ecology of Social Evolution
Editors
  • Judith Korb
  • Juergen Heinze
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-540-75957-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-540-75957-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-540-75956-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-09507-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 266
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