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Colloquium on Understanding the Evolution of Social Life in Animals  Sep 06, 2019

IISER Pune is happy to announce:

Fourth institute colloquium:

Understanding the Evolution of Social Life in Animals: The Bitter-Sweet Saga

Prof Raghavendra Gadagkar, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

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Date: Friday, September 6, 2019

 

Time: 5:15 pm


VenueSir CV Raman Auditorium, Lecture Hall Complex IISER Pune
 
Abstract  

The evolution of social behavior in animals is one of the major unsolved problems in evolutionary biology. This is because in many social animals only one or a small number of individuals reproduce while the remaining forgo reproduction and work for the welfare of the rest of the group. Why such altruistic workers are not eliminated by natural selection, which is expected to promote the ‘survival of the fittest’, is hard to explain. The theory of Inclusive Fitness (also known as Kin Selection), which argues that altruism can evolve by natural selection if it is directed toward close genetic relatives, was proposed in the mid 20th century. In this talk, I will describe some of our research in this field, discuss the recent bitter controversy about the theory, venture my own response to the controversy and focus attention on the process of science.

All are welcome to attend.

 

 

 

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