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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]

dc.contributor.authorFromhage, Lutz
dc.contributor.authorKokko, Hanna
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-13T22:16:06Z
dc.identifier.issn2041-1723
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/70701
dc.description.abstractIn 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 monogamy and haplodiploidy facilitate the evolution of eusociality in a novel, mutually reinforcing way. Our findings support the recently questioned importance of relatedness for the evolution of eusociality, and simultaneously highlight the importance of explicitly accounting for the ecological rules of colony foundation, growth and death in models of social evolution.
dc.publisherMacmillan Publishers Ltd
dc.sourceNature Communications
dc.subjectKeywords: allele; article; colony formation; diploidy; eusociality; female; genetic association; genotype; haplodiploidy; insect; male; monogamy; nonhuman; phenotype; population size; progeny; social behavior; social evolution; statistical model; animal; biological
dc.titleMonogamy and haplodiploidy act in synergy to promote the evolution of eusociality
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume2
dc.date.issued2011
local.identifier.absfor060201 - Behavioural Ecology
local.identifier.absfor060207 - Population Ecology
local.identifier.ariespublicationf2965xPUB2387
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationFromhage, Lutz, University of Hamburg
local.contributor.affiliationKokko, Hanna, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue397
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage5
local.identifier.doi10.1038/ncomms1410
local.identifier.absseo970106 - Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
local.identifier.absseo960805 - Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity at Regional or Larger Scales
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T08:26:11Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-79960603944
local.identifier.thomsonID000294805300024
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