Hamilton's inclusive fitness in finite-structured populations
Mathematics and Statistics
Life Sciences | Physical Sciences and Mathematics
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society Series B
Hamilton's formulation of inclusive fitness has been with us for 50 years. During the first 20 of those years attention was largely focused on the evolutionary trajectories of different behaviours, but over the past 20 years interest has been growing in the effect of population structure on the evolution of behaviour and that is our focus here. We discuss the evolutionary journey of the inclusive-fitness effect over this epoch, nurtured as it was in an essentially homogeneous environment (that of ‘transitive’ structures) having to adapt in different ways to meet the expectations of heterogeneous structures. We pay particular attention to the way in which the theory has managed to adapt the original constructs of relatedness and reproductive value to provide a formulation of inclusive fitness that captures a precise measure of allele-frequency change in finite-structured populations.
relatedness, heterogeneous populations, reproductive value, allele frequency, class structure
Peter D. Taylor and Wes Maciejewski. "Hamilton's inclusive fitness in finite-structured populations" Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society Series B (2014). https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2013.0360