Selfish-gene theory and levels of selection

Dickins, Thomas E. ORCID logoORCID: (2018) Selfish-gene theory and levels of selection. In: The International Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Callan, Hilary, ed. Wiley, pp. 1-11. ISBN 9780470657225. [Book Section] (doi:10.1002/9781118924396.wbiea1600)

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The generic nature of Darwinian evolution is discussed. A distinction between a Special Theory of Evolution, embodied by selfish gene theory and inclusive fitness theory, and a General Theory of Evolution is introduced. The latter has no particular commitment to a level of selection and incorporates both classic group selection and more modern models of multi-level selection. These two positions are detailed and key literature reviewed.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Behavioural Biology group
Item ID: 21583
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Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2017 13:23
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