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"Group Selection and the Evolution of Myxomatosis"
Evolutionary Theory (1990)
  • Timothy Shanahan, Loyola Marymount University
Abstract

Before it is possible to assess the importance of "group selection" in nature, it is necessary to rigorously define this term. A definition of group selection is derived from a critical analysis of conceptions common in the biological literature. This definition is then used to clarify the debate over the mechanism responsible for the evolution of myxomatosis in Australia.

Keywords
  • evolution,
  • group selection,
  • myxomatosis,
  • units of selection
Publication Date
June, 1990
Citation Information
Timothy Shanahan. ""Group Selection and the Evolution of Myxomatosis"" Evolutionary Theory Vol. 9 Iss. 2 (1990)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/timothy_shanahan/8/