Evolutionary Ecology

, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 70–73

Genetic relatedness in viscous populations

  • David C. Queller

DOI: 10.1007/BF01237667

Cite this article as:
Queller, D.C. Evol Ecol (1994) 8: 70. doi:10.1007/BF01237667


Hamilton's inclusive fitness rule shows that the evolution of altruism is facilitated by high genetic relatedness of altruists to their beneficiaries. But the evolution of altruism is inhibited when the beneficiaries are also close competitors of the altruist, as will often be true in structured or viscous populations. However, Hamilton's rule still gives the correct condition for the evolution of altruism if relatedness is measured with respect to the local competitive neighbourhood.


relatedness altruism viscous population kin selection Hamilton's rule 

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© Chapman & Hall 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • David C. Queller
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Ecology and Evolutionary BiologyRice UniversityHoustonUSA

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