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By Jay S. Rosenblatt, Robert A. Hinde, Colin Beer, Marie-Claire Busnel (Eds.)

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2 . Are They Related.? The simplest way to reject hypotheses involving indirect fitness is to show that the participants in a social interaction are no more than randomly related. Attempts to reject indirect selection by this route have run into some problems. a . Lack cfStrong E v i d e n c ~ . I t i s often difficult to obtain evidence for or against relatedness. In such cases some authors have fallen back on reasonable assumptions and educated guesses (Kepler, 1977; Faaborg er a l . , 1980) and have favored the conclusion that participants are unrelated.

2 and Table 111. 4 . Helping Behavior Regular in a Moderate Fraction of the Species In many species, nonbreeding helpers can be found regularly in most populations, although many pairs in the same population lack helpers and very few pairs have many. , 1980), some jays (Woolfenden, 1975; Alvarez, 1975; Raitt and Hardy, 1976, 1979; Hardy, 1976), kookaburras (Dacelo gigas; Parry, 1973), and many others. In most of these cases, the helpers are predominantly males that have been unable to mate primarily because of a shortage of females.

Confusion reigns (see Dawkins, 1979). There are fundamental misunderstandings over concepts, terms, questions, approaches, methods, and interpretations. A. SEMANTICS Science depends upon precise, reliable communication among scientists. This is hindered by careless misuse of terms and unnecessary redefinition of widely used terms. Here I advocate consistency in use of terms as intended by their originators, I. Kin Selection Inclusive fitness theory was invented and updated by Hamilton (1963, 1964, 1972, 1975; Michod and Hamilton, 1980).

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