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Comment on genetic similarity theory


Genetic similarity theory, a purported extension of the concept of inclusive fitness, is not only unnecessary, but also logically flawed. In this paper, the author (1) discusses the definition of inclusive fitness; (2) identifies the major logical flaw of genetic similarity theory; and (3) refers readers to earlier, more thorough discussions of several common mis-understandings of kin selection and assortment.

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Mealey, L. Comment on genetic similarity theory. Behav Genet 15, 571–574 (1985).

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Key Words

  • Sociobiology
  • assortative mating
  • kin selection
  • altruism
  • evolutionary theory