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dc.contributor.authorRodrigues, Antonio
dc.contributor.authorGardner, Andy
dc.contributor.editorDickins, Thomas
dc.contributor.editorDickins, Benjamin
dc.identifier.citationRodrigues , A & Gardner , A 2023 , Inclusive fitness : a scientific revolution . in T Dickins & B Dickins (eds) , Evolutionary biology : contemporary and historical reflections upon core theory . Evolutionary biology – new perspectives on its development , vol. 6 , Springer , Cham , pp. 343-360 .
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dc.descriptionFunding: Natural Environment Research Council (NE/K009524/1) and European Research Council (771387).en
dc.description.abstractProponents of the “Extended Evolutionary Synthesis” argue that the current state of evolutionary biology departs from what was established in Modern Synthesis to such a degree that a new synthesis is needed. They present a “laundry list” of complaints concerning the core focus and assumptions of the Modern Synthesis and argue that the perspective of evolutionary biology must be shifted and these core assumptions relaxed in order to incorporate a plethora of new evolutionary factors. However, we contend that this revolution is already well underway, in the form of the inclusive-fitness research programme. We provide an overview of the inclusive-fitness revolution, charting its origins, explaining its core concepts and outlook, and describing the ways in which it has developed into a fully fledged and extraordinarily productive programme of scientific research. We then consider the apparently neglected processes and perspectives from an inclusive-fitness viewpoint. We conclude that progress in evolutionary theory is facilitated by focusing research attention on areas where there is a relatively poor fit between theoretical predictions and empirical observations, rather than complexifying models in pursuit of extra realism for its own sake.
dc.relation.ispartofEvolutionary biologyen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesEvolutionary biology – new perspectives on its developmenten
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dc.subjectEvolutionary processesen
dc.subjectExtended evolutionary synthesisen
dc.subjectGenes in conflicten
dc.subjectGroup selectionen
dc.subjectKin selectionen
dc.subjectLevels of selectionen
dc.subjectMaximisation principleen
dc.subjectModern synthesisen
dc.subjectOrganismal designen
dc.subjectPredictive poweren
dc.subjectResearch programmeen
dc.subjectSystems of inheritanceen
dc.subjectQH301 Biologyen
dc.titleInclusive fitness : a scientific revolutionen
dc.typeBook itemen
dc.contributor.sponsorEuropean Research Councilen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Biologyen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Centre for Biological Diversityen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Institute of Behavioural and Neural Sciencesen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. St Andrews Bioinformatics Uniten
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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