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The evolution of cooperation, especially in humans

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I develop social evolution theory to study the evolution of cooperation as follows: (1) Many organisms undergo a dispersal phase prior to breeding; I demonstrate that knowing ones dispersal status aids the evolution of helping (by non-dispersers) and harming (by dispersers). (2) Policing driven by group-benefits may be selected to enforce cooperation in human and animal societies. I extend existing theory to show that policing may be harder to evolve that previously thought, but that it is ma...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
Christ Church
Department:
Mathematical,Physical & Life Sciences Division - Zoology
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Publication date:
2011
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
Oxford University, UK
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uuid:2ebc0b15-d745-48d8-bb5a-a4d83b3304ed
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ora:12211

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