Disentangling the Correlated Evolution of Monogamy and Cooperation.

TitleDisentangling the Correlated Evolution of Monogamy and Cooperation.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
JournalTrends in ecology & evolution
Volume31
Issue7
Pagination503-513
ISSN0169-5347
Abstract

Lifetime genetic monogamy, by increasing sibling relatedness, has been proposed as an important causal factor in the evolution of altruism. Monogamy, however, could influence the subsequent evolution of cooperation in other ways. We present several alternative, non-mutually exclusive, evolutionary processes that could explain the correlated evolution of monogamy and cooperation. Our analysis of these possibilities reveals that many ecological or social factors can affect all three variables of Hamilton's Rule simultaneously, thus calling for a more holistic, systems-level approach to studying the evolution of social traits. This perspective reveals novel dimensions to coevolutionary relationships and provides solutions for assigning causality in complex cases of correlated social trait evolution, such as the sequential evolution of monogamy and cooperation.

URLhttps://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0169-5347(16)00088-4
DOI10.1016/j.tree.2016.03.009
Short TitleTrends Ecol Evol
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