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Altruism is no family matter
New Scientist
Format: Magazine Article
Publication Year: 2008
Sources ID: 48906
Collection: Altruism
Visibility: Public (group default)
Abstract: (Show)
IT IS just about the greatest sacrifice possible, and in evolutionary terms it looks like madness. Forgoing reproduction in order to help raise another’s offspring is a supreme act of altruism. It happens routinely in hundreds of ant, bee and wasp species, where sterile workers toil for the benefit of the queen.