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A Practical and Theoretical Approach to Understanding the Selective Mechanisms Behind Genetic Caste Determination in Pogonomyrmex rugosus and Pogonomyrmex barbatus

Abstract Gene-centric theories of evolution by natural selection have been popularized and remain generally accepted in both scientific and public paradigms. While gene-centrism is certainly parsimonious, its explanations fall short of describing two patterns of evolutionary and social phenomena: the evolution of sex and the evolution of social altruism. I review and analyze current theories on the evolution of sex. I then introduce the conflict presented to gene-centric evolution by social phenomena such as altruism and caste sterility in eusocial insects. I review gene-centric models of inclusive fitness and kin selection proposed by Hamilton and Maynard Smith. Based their assumptions, that relatedness should be equal between sterile workers and r... (more)
Created Date 2012
Contributor Jacobson, Neal Bradley (Author) / Gadau, Juergen (Advisor) / Laubichler, Manfred (Committee member) / Pratt, Stephen (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Biology / Evolution & development / Genetics / Dependent Lineage / Genetic Caste Determination / Model / Natural Selection / Pogonomyrmex barbatus / Pogonomyrmex rugosus
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 109 pages
Language English
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Note M.S. Biology 2012
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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