Week 13. Selfish Genes &
Evolution of Sociality
What do these four things have in common?
Sinero Chapter 4 & 8 & 17
Dawkins Chapter 12 "Nice Guys Finish Last" e-reserves
For years, I avoided reading the original scientific publication thinking that
I wouldn't understand it. But, when i finally broke down, I was pleasantly surprised.
Axelrod & Hamilton (1981) The
Evolution of Cooperation Science 211:1390-1396.
But if you prefer
a bit more detail, check out the book "The Evolution of Cooperation" by
Robert Axelrod. It is in the library, or the chapter
relating to evolution is on e-reserve.
In class we will also discuss a few examples of greenbeard genes.
Sinervo et al
(2006) Self-recognition, color signals, and cycles
of greenbeard mutualism and altruism PNAS 103:7372-7377.
Queller et al (2003) Single-Gene Greenbeard Effects
in the Social Amoeba
Dictyostelium discoideum. Science 299:105-106
Keller et al., (1998)Selfishgene: a greenbeard
in the red fire ant. Nature:394:573-575.