Biology Faculty Articles

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-3-2011

Publication Title

Evolution

Keywords

Group selection, Multilevel selection, Peer review process

ISSN

0014-3820

Volume

65

Issue/No.

6

First Page

1523

Last Page

1526

Abstract

Group selection, which was once widely rejected as a significant evolutionary force, is now accepted by all who seriously study the subject. There is still widespread confusion about group selection, however, not only among students and the general public, but among professional evolutionists who do not directly study the subject. We list eight criticisms that are frequently invoked against group selection, which can be permanently laid to rest based upon current knowledge. Experts will always find something to critique about group selection, as for any important subject, but these eight criticisms are not among them. Laying them to rest will enable authors to openly use the term group selection without being handicapped during the review process.

ORCID ID

0000-0002-4807-4979

DOI

10.1111/j.1558-5646.2011.01290.x

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