The Genetics of Social Behavior

  • Benson E. Ginsburg
Part of the Perspectives in Ethology book series (PEIE, volume 3)


No man is an island, and few creatures of any kind are entirely solitary. Allee, in his writings on Animal Aggregations (1931) and The Social Life of Animals (1938), has called attention to the fact that there has been an evolutionary trend for autonomous biological units to aggregate, whether these units are cells or elephants, and that selective advantages accrue to such aggregates that, in general, represent a tendency toward cooperation. The advantage is seen as benefiting the group, although not necessarily every individual within it.


Social Behavior Gene Pool Assortative Mating Coat Color Cellular Slime Mold 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Benson E. Ginsburg
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  1. 1.Laboratory of Behavioral Genetics, Department of Biobehavioral SciencesThe University of ConnecticutStorrsUSA

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