9780199231164-0199231168-Principles of Social Evolution (Oxford Series in Ecology and Evolution)

Principles of Social Evolution (Oxford Series in Ecology and Evolution)

ISBN-13: 9780199231164
ISBN-10: 0199231168
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Bourke, Andrew F.G.
Publication date: 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback 288 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780199231164
ISBN-10: 0199231168
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Bourke, Andrew F.G.
Publication date: 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback 288 pages

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Acknowledged authors Bourke, Andrew F.G. wrote Principles of Social Evolution (Oxford Series in Ecology and Evolution) comprising 288 pages back in 2011. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0199231168 and 9780199231164. Since then Principles of Social Evolution (Oxford Series in Ecology and Evolution) textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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Living things are organized in a hierarchy of levels. Genes group together in cells, cells group together in organisms, and organisms group together in societies. Even different species form mutualistic partnerships. Throughout the history of life, previously independent units have formed groups that, in time, have come to resemble individuals in their own right. Evolutionary biologists term such events "the major transitions". The process common to them all is social evolution. Each transition occurs only if natural selection favors one unit joining with another in a new kind of group. This book presents a fresh synthesis of the principles of social evolution that underlie the major transitions, explaining how the basic theory underpinning social evolution - inclusive fitness theory - is central to understanding each event. The book defines the key stages in a major transition, then highlights the shared principles operating at each stage across the transitions as a whole. It addresses in new ways the question of how, once they have arisen, organisms and societies become more individualistic.

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