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The Evolution of Social Behavior is a 1964 scientific paper by the British evolutionary biologist W.D. Hamilton in which he lays out a kin selection. It appeared in the Journal of Theoretical Biology in two parts volume 1, pages 295–311.

Hamilton, then only a PhD student, completed his work in London. It was based on Haldane's idea, but Hamilton showed that applied to all gene frequencies. Although initially obscure, it is now obligotorally cited in biology books.

The paper's peer review process lead to disharmony between one of the reviewers, John Maynard Smith and Hamilton. Hamilton thought that Maynard Smith had deliberately kept the paper from publication so that Maynard Smith could claim credit for the concept of kin selection.

The American George R. Price found Hamilton's paper, and finding trouble in its implications for sociobiology, tried to disprove it but ended up rederiving his work through the Price equation.

References Edit

  • W.D. Hamilton Narrow Roads of Gene Land: The Collected Papers of W. D. Hamilton: Evolution of Social Behaviour, Vol. 1 ISBN 0-71-674530-5. Narrow Roads of Gene Land: Evolution of Sex, Vol 2 of Narrow Roads of Gene Land ISBN 0-19-850336-9
  • George C. Williams (ed) Group Selection ISBN 0-20-204009-7

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