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Joint evolution of multiple social traits: a kin selection analysis

Abstract: General models of the evolution of cooperation, altruism and other social behaviours have focused almost entirely on single traits, whereas it is clear that social traits commonly interact. We develop a general kin-selection framework for the evolution of social behaviours in multiple dimensions. We show that whenever there are interactions among social traits new behaviours can emerge that are not predicted by one-dimensional analyses. For example, a prohibitively costly cooperative trait can ultimately be favoured owing to initial evolution in other (cheaper) social traits that in turn change the cost-benefit ratio of the original trait. To understand these behaviours, we use a two-dimensional stability criterion that can be viewed as an extension of Hamilton's rule. Our principal example is the social dilemma posed by, first, the construction and, second, the exploitation of a shared public good. We find that, contrary to the separate one-dimensional analyses, evolutionary feedback between the two traits can cause an increase in the equilibrium level of selfish exploitation with increasing relatedness, while both social (production plus exploitation) and asocial (neither) strategies can be locally stable. Our results demonstrate the importance of emergent stability properties of multidimensional social dilemmas, as one-dimensional stability in all component dimensions can conceal multidimensional instability.

Publication status:PublishedPeer Review status:Peer reviewedVersion:Publisher's versionNotes:Citation: Brown, S. P. & Taylor, P. D. (2010). 'Joint evolution of multiple social traits: a kin selection analysis', Proc. Roy. Soc. B, 277(1680), 415-422. [Available at]. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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Publisher: Royal Society Publishing

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Host: Proceedings of the Royal Society Bsee more from them

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Issue Date: 2010-February

Copyright Date: 2009



Eissn: 1471-2954

Urn: uuid:fa0984d3-6259-426b-9600-720e5c72bcdb Item Description

Type: Article: post-print;

Language: en

Version: Publisher's versionKeywords: inclusive fitness public goods exploitation altruism cooperation selfishnessSubjects: Zoological sciences Mathematics Tiny URL: ora:3566


Author: Sam P. Brown - institutionUniversity of Oxford facultyMathematical,Physical and Life Sciences Division - Zoology fundingWellcome



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