Natural Selection and Social Theory

Natural Selection and Social Theory : Selected Papers of Robert Trivers

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Robert Trivers is one of the leading figures pioneering the field of sociobiology. For Natural Selection and Social Theory, he has selected eleven of his most influential papers, including several classic papers from the early 1970s on the evolution of reciprocal altruism, parent-offspring conflicts and asymmetry in sexual selection, which helped to establish the centrality of sociobiology, as well as some of his later work on deceit in signalling, sex
antagonistic genese, and imprinting. Trivers introduces each paper, setting them in their contemporary context, and critically evaluating them in the light of subsequent work and further developments. The result is a unique portrait of the intellectual development of sociobiology, with valuable insights of
interest to evolutionary biology, anthropology, and psychology.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 356 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 22.86mm | 521.63g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • numerous figures
  • 0195130626
  • 9780195130621
  • 572,892

Table of contents

Preface ; 1. Reciprocal altruism ; 2. Parental investment and reproductive success ; 3. The Trivers-Willard effect ; 4. Parent-offspring conflict ; 5. Haplodiploidy and the social insects ; 6. Size and reproductive success in a lizard ; 7. Selecting good genes for daughters ; 8. Self-deception in service of deceit ; 9. Genomic imprinting ; 10. Fluctuating asymmetry and 2nd:4th digit ratio in children
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One striking feature of Trivers' papers is that most contain very little mathematics, but there is plenty of verbal logic ... the book is suitable for reading in bed with falling asleep over pages of baffling formulae ... interesting stuff. * Animal Behaviour * This is a good book by a great evolutionary biologist, full of interesting personal narrative and readable and historically important papers on reciprocal altruism, sex ratios, parental investment and sexual selection, and much more. * Animal Behaviour *
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