Altruism

Inclusive Fitness

Altruism

Altruism is behavior of an animal that benefits another at it's own expense.

Example: Honey Bees

Honey bees cannot reproduce, but provide for the Queen-bee so she can populate the hive.

Inclusive Fitness

Inclusive Fitness

It enables those genes to be passed on to subsequent generations. In this way, an altruistic act that supports the survival of a relative or other individual theoretically enhances the genetic fitness of both the recipient of the act and the altruistic organism.

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