Extending eusociality to include vertebrate family units

Hardisty, Benjamin; Cassill, Deby
June 2010
Biology & Philosophy;Jun2010, Vol. 25 Issue 3, p437
Academic Journal
The article discusses eusociality, a term used to describe social invertebrates including ants, termites, and bees. It notes that eusociality is identified with three criteria which includes overlapping generations, cooperative breeding, and sterile helpers. Since it is found that social vertebrate families including elephants, lions, and wolves also possess the three eusocial conditions, it proposes that eusociality is actually widespread and thus vertebrate family units must be included.


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