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Understanding the egalitarian revolution in human social evolution.

Author:
  • Erik Svensson
Publishing year: 2009
Language: English
Pages: 233-235
Publication/Series: Trends in Ecology & Evolution
Volume: 24
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Elsevier

Abstract english

Humans are unique among animals in cooperating in large groups of unrelated individuals, with a high degree of resource sharing. These features challenge traditional evolutionary theories built on kin selection or reciprocity. A recent theoretical model by Gavrilets and colleagues takes a fresh look at the 'egalitarian revolution' that separates humans from our closest relatives, the great apes. The model suggests that information from within-group conflicts leads to the emergence of cooperative alliances and social networks.

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  • Biological Sciences

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Published
  • ISSN: 1872-8383
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