Outlines four different categories of cooperation - reciprocal altruism, kinship, group-selected cooperation, and by-product mutualism - and ties them together in a single framework called the Cooperator's Dilemna. Hundreds of studies on cooperation in insects, fish, birds, and mammals are then reviewed, each example being tied back to the theoretical framework developed early on when the data allows. |Future experiments designed to further elucidate a particular type of cooperation are provided throughout the text.
"Dugatkin's little book is both a great introduction to and a good review of cooperation in animals. He begins with an excellent summary of the long-standing interest in cooperative behavior among philosophers, psychologists, and biologists. . .He outlines four models of cooperation behaviors within evolutionary biology--reciprocity, kin selection, group selection, and byproduct mutualism--and reviews theoretical work on the evolution of cooperation." --Choice
"Lee Dugatkin goes beyond a taxonomic survey. . .and provides a wonderful review of philosophical and biological ponderings on the nature of cooperation. This early history sets the stage for introducing four contemporary alternative, though not exclusive, mechanisms that have been invoked to explain both the evolution and persistence of cooperation in animals: kin selection, group selection, reciprocity and by-product mutualism. . . .With nearly a thousand reference, a major attraction of this book is the comprehensive re
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