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Value of species and the evolution of conservation ethics

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The theory of evolution by natural selection can help explain why people care about other species. Building upon recent insights that morality evolves to secure fitness advantages of cooperation, we propose that conservation ethics (moral beliefs, attitudes, intuitions and norms regarding other species) could be adaptations that support cooperation between humans and non-humans. We present eco-evolutionary cost–benefit models of conservation behaviours as interspecific cooperation (alt...

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Published
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Peer reviewed

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Zoology
Role:
Author
ORCID:
0000-0003-4418-9637
Publisher:
The Royal Society
Journal:
Royal Society Open Science More from this journal
Volume:
5
Issue:
11
Article number:
181038
Publication date:
2018-11-21
Acceptance date:
2018-10-22
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EISSN:
2054-5703
Language:
English
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Pubs id:
1136096
Local pid:
pubs:1136096
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2020-10-05

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