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Kin Selection

  • Definition: An extension of the genetical theory of natural selection to explain altruistic behaviors that preferentially benefit close relatives; an individual's genetic contribution to future generations is enhanced by promoting survival of relatives because their shared genes are identical by descent.

    Source: Hickman, C.P., et al. 2011. Integrated Principles of Zoology. Fifteenth Edition. McGraw-Hill Higher Education.

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