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Drawing upon the insights of evolutionary biology and cognitive psychology, in addition to facts from anthropology, primatology and archeology, evolutionary psychologists are commencing to piece jointly the 1st actually clinical account of human nature.
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Oldroyd and others (Oldroyd et al. 1992a, 1992b) also studied the genetics of honeybee colonies and concluded that colony performance was also inﬂuenced by the interactions among subfamilies, a colony-level parameter. ” And Guzmán-Novoa and others (1994) reported on a study that focused on the relationship between colony-level natural selection and the level of effort associated with various components of the division of labor in honeybee colonies (see also Calderone and Page 1992). An older study by Hoogland and Sherman (1976) examined in detail the inﬂuence of six possible disadvantages and three potential advantages of 32 Chapter Two • • • colonial nesting in 54 colonies of the bank swallow (Riparia), ranging in size from 2 to 451 members.
For various reasons, the evolution of humankind has often been portrayed as a process that is sui generis. Of course, this overlooks the fact that all of evolution can be said to be sui generis, given its historical and situation-speciﬁc causal dynamics. As Darwin himself put it in The Descent of Man (1874), any evolutionary innovation depends upon many “concurrent favorable developments” that are always “tentative” (p. 150). Nevertheless, the evolution of humankind is undeniably one of the more remarkable episodes in evolutionary history.
2003; Gintis et al. ) As Clutton-Brock and Parker point out in the summary of their review article on the subject, “In social animals, retaliatory aggression is common. Individuals often punish other group members that infringe their 30 Chapter Two interests, and punishments can cause subordinates to desist from behaviour likely to reduce the ﬁtness of dominant animals. Punishing strategies are used to establish and maintain dominance relationships, to discourage parasites and cheats, to discipline offspring or prospective sexual partners and to maintain cooperative behaviour” (1995, p.