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Evolution—the Extended Synthesis$
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Massimo Pigliucci and Gerd B. Müller

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262513678

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262513678.001.0001

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Multilevel Selection and Major Transitions

Multilevel Selection and Major Transitions

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Evolution—the Extended Synthesis

David Sloan Wilson

The MIT Press

This chapter reviews the debate on group selection, a concept that has experienced vertiginous ups and downs since the 1960s, and brings it up to modern standards within the broader context of multilevel selection (MLS) theory. It specifically offers a brief overview of MLS theory, major evolutionary transitions, and human evolution as a major transition, so that these subjects can become part of an extended evolutionary synthesis. The chapter also describes how MLS theory relates to the Modern Synthesis. A comment on all aspects of human behavior and culture from an evolutionary perspective is then presented.

Keywords:   multilevel selection theory, evolutionary transitions, human evolution, human behavior, Modern Synthesis, human culture, evolutionary synthesis

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