Altruism in eusocial insects

Gregov, Karla (2014) Altruism in eusocial insects. Bachelor's thesis, Faculty of Science > Department of Biology.

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When we mention altruism the most common example we use to describe it are eusocial insects. The extreme altruism evolved because of their way of life (eusociality), specifically because of high relatedness and the mechanism of coercion. Relatedness is important because a certain gene can be transmited by helping close kin in rearing their offspring because they (with certain probability) have copies of the same gene. Monogamy was the trigger that started the evolution of eusociality (thereby starting the evolution of altruism) with a big help of their ecology. Enforced altruism also helps the colony and even though it has a negative conotation, it is really one of the main causes of altruism and it contributes to the strict social organization.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's thesis)
Supervisor: Tadić, Zoran
Date: 2014
Number of Pages: 9
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Biology
Depositing User: Silvana Šehić
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2014 13:22
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 13:22

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