The Elusive Calculus of Insects' Altruism and Kin Selection – Quanta Magazine


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The Elusive Calculus of Insects' Altruism and Kin Selection
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The paradox in question is the altruistic behavior exhibited most famously by social insects. Ants, termites, and some bees and wasps live in highly organized colonies in which most individuals are sterile or forgo reproduction, instead serving the