Evolution of altruism under group selection in large and small populations in fluctuating environments

Journal Article (Journal Article)

A continuous, graded form of group selection which does not involve extinction of demes can effectively oppose selection on the individual level against an altruistic allele under fluctuating environments in infinitely large demes among which uniform mixing occurs every generation. Although group selection cannot alter the conditions necessary for the initial increase of altruistic alleles, group selection can significantly influence the stationary distribution of gene frequency which is attained once stochastic forces have allowed theirintroduction. Drift is a more effective source of variation than fluctuations in selection when the variance in selection is moderate to small. High numbers of demes promote polymorphism under both graded group selection and extinction group selection. © 1979.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Uyenoyama, MK

Published Date

  • January 1, 1979

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 15 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 58 - 85

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1096-0325

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0040-5809

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0040-5809(79)90027-3

Citation Source

  • Scopus