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dc.contributor.authorAllen, Benjamin
dc.contributor.authorNowak, Martin A.
dc.contributor.authorWilson, Edward O.
dc.date.accessioned2019-10-03T14:38:03Z
dc.date.issued2013
dc.identifier.citationAllen, B., M. A. Nowak, and E. O. Wilson. 2013. “Limitations of Inclusive Fitness.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110 (50): 20135–39. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1317588110.
dc.identifier.issn0027-8424
dc.identifier.issn0744-2831
dc.identifier.issn1091-6490
dc.identifier.urihttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:41461171*
dc.description.abstractUntil recently, inclusive fitness has been widely accepted as a general method to explain the evolution of social behavior. Affirming and expanding earlier criticism, we demonstrate that inclusive fitness is instead a limited concept, which exists only for a small subset of evolutionary processes. Inclusive fitness assumes that personal fitness is the sum of additive components caused by individual actions. This assumption does not hold for the majority of evolutionary processes or scenarios. To sidestep this limitation, inclusive fitness theorists have proposed a method using linear regression. On the basis of this method, it is claimed that inclusive fitness theory (i) predicts the direction of allele frequency changes, (ii) reveals the reasons for these changes, (iii) is as general as natural selection, and (iv) provides a universal design principle for evolution. In this paper we evaluate these claims, and show that all of them are unfounded. If the objective is to analyze whether mutations that modify social behavior are favored or opposed by natural selection, then no aspect of inclusive fitness theory is needed.
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherNational Academy of Sciences
dash.licenseLAA
dc.titleLimitations of inclusive fitness
dc.typeJournal Article
dc.description.versionVersion of Record
dc.relation.journalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
dash.depositing.authorNowak, Martin A.::376d0dce6206cfe8f87f5dc314ae9372::600
dc.date.available2019-10-03T14:38:03Z
dash.workflow.comments1Science Serial ID 91048
dc.identifier.doi10.1073/pnas.1317588110
dash.source.volume110;50
dash.source.page20135


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