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Academic & Professional Books  Insects & other Invertebrates  Insects  Bees, Ants & Wasps (Hymenoptera)

Social Evolution in Ants

Monograph Out of Print
By: Andrew F G Bourke and Nigel R Franks
550 pages, Figs, tabs
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  • Social Evolution in Ants ISBN: 9780691044262 Paperback Dec 1996 Out of Print #47117
  • Social Evolution in Ants ISBN: 9780691044279 Hardback Dec 1995 Out of Print #47116
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Overview of the current state of scientific knowledge about social evolution in ants, which also shows how studies on ants have contributed to an understanding of many fundamental topics in behavioural ecology and evolutionary biology. One of the substantial contributions of this volume is its clear explanation of kin selection theory and sex ratio theory and their applications to social evolution in insects. Working to dispel lingering scepticism about the validity of kin selection, and more broadly, of `selfish gene' theory, the authors argue that these ideas underpin the evolution of both cooperation and conflict within ant societies. Two relatively little known topics in ant social biology are also briefly discussed: life history strategy, and mating systems.


Preface and Acknowledgments Kin Selection 2 Levels-of-selection Theory, Gene Selectionism, and Insect Societies 3 Kin Selection, Haplodiploidy, and the Evolution of Eusociality in Ants 4 Sex Ratio Theory for the Social Hymenoptera 5 Tests of Sex Ratio Theory in Ants 6 Kin Conflict over Sex Allocation 7 Kin Conflict over Reproduction 8 Evolution and Ecology of Multiple-queen Societies 9 Life History Theory in Ants 10 The Diversity of Life Histories in Ants 11 Mating Biology 12 The Division of Labor References Author Index Subject Index Taxonomic Index

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Monograph Out of Print
By: Andrew F G Bourke and Nigel R Franks
550 pages, Figs, tabs
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I cannot praise their book too highly... [It] will surely become essential reading for any student interested in the evolution of insect sociality and will be a standard reference source for teachers and researchers alike. The Times Higher Education Supplement Social Evolution in Ants is recommended not only to people enthusiastic about social insects but also to those with a broad interest in evolution in general. Nature
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