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kin selectionVerwandtenselektion (ger.)

  • A form of natural selection in which characteristics that may be disadvantageous to an individual, such as sterility in worker insects or altruistic behaviour, can persist or increase in the population if they contribute to the survival and reproduction of the individual's close genetic relatives. (OED 2011)

    By kin selection I mean the evolution of characteristics which favour the survival of close relatives of the affected individual, by processes which do not require any discontinuities in the population breeding structure

    Maynard Smith, J. (1964). Group selection and kin selection. Nature 201, 1145-1147: 1145.


    Populationsgenetik, Evolutionsanalyse (Red. Querner) J. Maynard Smith and V.C. Wynne-Edwards: Group selection and kin selection. (Gruppenselektion und Verwandtenselektion.)

    Querner, H. (1965). [Bericht]. Berichte über die wissenschaftliche Biologie 256, 276. 


    Kin selection accounts for within-family altruism; the closer the relationship, the stronger the selection.

    Dawkins, R. (1976). The Selfish Gene (1981): 101.


    kin selection Selection acting on one or more individuals and favouring or disfavouring the survival and reproduction of relatives (other than offspring) that possess the same genes by common descent, as in the case of selection for altruistic behaviour between genetically related individuals; kinship selection; cf. group selection.

    Lincoln, R.J., Boxshall, G.A. & Clark, P.F. (1982). A Dictionary of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics: 136.