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The Origin and Resolution of Conflicts in Animal Societies

Gadagkar, Raghavendra (2000) The Origin and Resolution of Conflicts in Animal Societies. In: Resonance, 5 (4). pp. 62-73.


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Conflicts are ubiquitous in the living world. Especially in social animals, there are many subtle and complex conflicts whose origin and resolution are hard to understand; success in doing so has only been achieved rather recently. Somewhat paradoxically, it required an understanding of the mechanism of evolution of altruism before one could attempt to understand the origin and resolution of these conflicts. I will first discuss our current understanding of the evolution of altruism and then discuss two examples of recent attempts to understand the origin and resolution of conflicts: (1) conflicts in some birds on who should breed, father or son and (2) conflicts in honey bees on whether to be nice to their brothers or to their nephews.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Resonance
Publisher: Indian Academy of Sciences
Additional Information: Copyright of this artcile belongs to Indian Academy of Sciences.
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2007
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:33
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/9338

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