Multi-Level Selection and the Major Transitions in Evolution.
A number of recent biologists have used multi-level selection theory to help explain the major transitions in evolution. I argue that in doing so, they have shifted from a ‘synchronic’ to a ‘diachronic’ formulation of the levels of selection question. The implications of this shift in perspective are explored, in relation to an ambiguity in the meaning of multi-level selection. Though the ambiguity is well-known, it has never before been discussed in the context of the major transitions.
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||levels of selection, units of selection, major transitions
||Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
||16 Aug 2004
||07 Oct 2010 15:12
||University of Chicago Press
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