Nowak et al.1 argue that inclusive fitness theory has been of little value in explaining the natural world, and that it has led to negligible progress in explaining the evolution of eusociality. However, we believe that their arguments are based upon a misunderstanding of evolutionary theory and a misrepresentation of the empirical literature. We will focus our comments on three general issues.
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Abbot P, Abe J, Alcock J, et al. Inclusive fitness theory and eusociality. Nature. 2011;471(7339):E1-E4. doi:10.1038/nature09831
Abbot, P., Abe, J., Alcock, J., Alizon, S., Alpedrinha, J., Andersson, M., … Zink, A. (2011). Inclusive fitness theory and eusociality. Nature, 471(7339), E1–E4. https://doi.org/10.1038/nature09831
Abbot, Patrick, Jun Abe, John Alcock, Samuel Alizon, Joao Alpedrinha, Malte Andersson, Jean Andre, et al. “Inclusive Fitness Theory and Eusociality.” Nature 471, no. 7339 (2011): E1–4. https://doi.org/10.1038/nature09831.
P. Abbot et al., “Inclusive fitness theory and eusociality,” Nature, vol. 471, no. 7339, pp. E1–E4, 2011.
Abbot P et al. 2011. Inclusive fitness theory and eusociality. Nature. 471(7339), E1–E4.
Abbot, Patrick, et al. “Inclusive Fitness Theory and Eusociality.” Nature, vol. 471, no. 7339, Nature Publishing Group, 2011, pp. E1–4, doi:10.1038/nature09831.
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