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Division of labour and the evolution of extreme specialization

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Division of labour is a common feature of social groups, from biofilms to complex animal societies. However, we lack a theoretical framework that can explain why division of labour has evolved on certain branches of the tree of life but not others. Here, we model the division of labour over a cooperative behaviour, considering both when it should evolve and the extent to which the different types should become specialized. We found that: (1) division of labour is usually-but not always-favour...

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Publication status:
Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted Manuscript

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10.1038/s41559-018-0564-9

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Zoology
Oxford college:
Balliol College
ORCID:
0000-0002-1748-8183
Publisher:
Nature Publishing Group Publisher's website
Journal:
Nature Ecology and Evolution Journal website
Volume:
2
Issue:
7
Pages:
1161-1167
Publication date:
2018-05-28
Acceptance date:
2018-04-25
DOI:
EISSN:
2397-334X
Pubs id:
pubs:854604
URN:
uri:9daf417b-3c69-4380-9f09-bf1ccfab7103
UUID:
uuid:9daf417b-3c69-4380-9f09-bf1ccfab7103
Local pid:
pubs:854604
Language:
English

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