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Natural Selection and Social Theory: Selected Papers of Robert Trivers

Series: Evolution and Cognition Series

By: Robert L Trivers

345 pages, B/w photos, figs, tabs

Oxford University Press USA

Paperback | Sep 2002 | #128538 | ISBN: 0195130626
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Hardback | Sep 2002 | #128537 | ISBN: 0195130618
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Robert Trivers is one of the leading figures pioneering the field of sociobiology. For Natural Selection and Social Theory, he introduces and critically evaluates eleven of his most influential papers, including several classic papers from the early 1970s on the evolution of reciprocal altruism, parent-offspring conflicts and asymmetry in sexual selection, as well as some of his later work on deceit in signalling, sex antagonistic genes and imprinting.


Reciprocal altruism; Parental investment and reproductive success; The Trivers-Willard effect; Parent-offspring conflict; Haplodiploidy and the social insects; Size and reproductive success in a lizard; Selecting good genes for daughters; Self-deception in service of deceit; Genomic imprinting; Fluctuating asymmetry and 2nd - 4th digit ratio in children.

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