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The Major Transitions in Evolution Revisited$
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Brett Calcott and Kim Sterelny

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262015240

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015240.001.0001

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The Evolution of Restraint in Structured Populations: Setting the Stage for an Egalitarian Major Transition

The Evolution of Restraint in Structured Populations: Setting the Stage for an Egalitarian Major Transition

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(p.127) 7 The Evolution of Restraint in Structured Populations: Setting the Stage for an Egalitarian Major Transition
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The Major Transitions in Evolution Revisited
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Benjamin Kerr

Joshua Nahum

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262015240.003.0008

This chapter considers the evolution of restraint in simple ecosystems. It specifically presents both simulation and experimental data on the evolution of restraint. It argues that spatial structure may play an important role in setting the stage for egalitarian major transitions. It concentrates on the evolution of restraint in nontransitive ecological communities. This chapter reveals that spatial structure can favor the evolution of restraint. It also illustrates that restraint evolves in structured ecosystems with cyclic networks of interaction.

Keywords:   evolution of restraint, egalitarian major transitions, ecological communities, spatial structure, structured ecosystems, cyclic networks

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