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W.D. Hamilton (1936-2000) Kin selection theory. Kin Selection. Camponotus hyatti ; Alex Wild. Kin Selection & Hamilton’s Rule. Altruism is favored when: rB - C > 0. r = relatedness between altruist and recipient. B = fitness benefit to recipient. C = fitness cost to the altruist.

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W.D. Hamilton (1936-2000)

Kin selection theory


Kin Selection

Camponotus hyatti; Alex Wild


Kin Selection & Hamilton’s Rule

Altruism is favored when:

rB - C > 0

r = relatedness between altruist and recipient

B = fitness benefit to recipient

C = fitness cost to the altruist

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