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Group selection: a niche construction perspective

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Group selection, as advocated by Sober and Wilson, is theoretically plausible, although it remains an open question as to what extent it occurs in nature. If group selection has operated in hominids, it is likely to have selected cultural not genetic variation. A focus on niche construction helps delineate the conditions under which cooperation is favoured. Group selection may favour between-group conflict as well as within-group cooperation.
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Document Type: Review Article

Affiliations: Sub-Department of Animal Behaviour, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 8AA, UK.

Publication date: 2000-01-01

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