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Monogamy and haplodiploidy act in synergy to promote the evolution of eusociality

Fromhage, Lutz; Kokko, Hanna

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In eusocial species, some individuals sacrifice their own reproduction for the benefit of others. The evolutionary transition towards eusociality may have been facilitated by ancestral species having a monogamous mating system (the monogamy hypothesis) or a haplodiploid genetic system (the haplodiploidy hypothesis), or it may have been entirely driven by other (ecological) factors. Here we show, using a model that describes the dynamics of insect colony foundation, growth and death, that...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/70701
Source: Nature Communications
DOI: 10.1038/ncomms1410

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