Definitions

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  • n. Reproductive specialization, in which most individuals of a species are genetically infertile; the state of being eusocial.

Etymologies

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From eusocial +‎ -ity.

Examples

  • Buffenstein is particularly concerned with keeping track of the longevity of these tiny, blind, buck-toothed rodents who exhibit a form of intense social organization, known as eusociality, that is extremely rare in mammals.

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  • Wilson and I believe that crossing the threshold to eusociality requires only that a female and her adult offspring do not depart to start new, individual nests but instead stay put.

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  • In the earliest stage of eusociality, the offspring that stayed with the nest would be expected to assume the worker role, following a preexisting genetically encoded behavioral rule.

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  • As a result of what Wilson calls “spring-loaded preadaptations,” a primitive form of eusociality was established.

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  • Lifetime monogamy and the evolution of eusociality.

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  • Wilson, Corina Tarnita, and I have worked together on what he calls a “climactic project” that aims to explain the origin of eusociality using the mathematics of cooperation.

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  • In this way, Corina Tarnita, Edward Wilson, and I have developed a novel, alternative way to explain the evolution of eusociality without resorting to the gyrations of inclusive fitness.

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  • With our new mathematical model we see very clearly why it is not simply “relatedness” that drives the evolution of eusociality.

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  • The mystery is deepened by the knowledge that once eusociality takes off, it is amazingly successful.

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  • We found that it is easier to maintain eusociality than to evolve it.

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