This 2013 Biology Letters Special Feature has been organized by Dr Joan Herbers and Dr Neil Tsutsui.
All articles in this special feature are FREE TO ACCESS.
50 Years on: the legacy of William Donald Hamilton
W. D. Hamilton FRS was one of the twentieth century’s intellectual giants, and with this Special Feature we note the 50th anniversary of his seminal contributions that established inclusive fitness as a central element of Darwinian evolution. The authors contributing to this Special Feature present work that traces in some way to Hamilton’s oeuvre; looking back further, Costa’s contribution links Hamilton’s work to Darwin’s and shows how he not only extended Darwin’s concept of natural selection but also provided the framework within which it could ramify. The 1963–1964 papers that we celebrate here provide an elegant solution to a nagging problem, the evolution of altruistic behaviour.
We are pleased to offer this Special Feature to honour Hamilton's legacy, and look forward to seeing how his ideas continue to influence the field over the coming 50 years.
Introduction - 50 Years on: the legacy of William Donald Hamilton
by Joan Herbers
Hamiltonian inclusive fitness: a fitter fitness concept
by James T Costa
Genes underlying altruism
by Graham J Thompson, Peter L Hurd and Bernard J Crespi
Dissecting ant recognition systems in the age of genomics
by Neil D Tsutsui
The veil of ignorance can favour biological cooperation
by David C Queller and Joan E Strassmann
Imprinted green beards: a little less than kin and more than kind
by David Haig
Kin selection, genomics and caste-antagonistic pleiotropy
by David W Hall, Soojin V Yi and Michael AD Goodisman
Towards greater realism in inclusive fitness models: the case of worker reproduction in insect societies
by Tom Wenseleers, Heikki Helanterä, Denise A Alves, Edgar Dueñez-Guzmán and Pekka Pamilo
Kin selection, species richness and community
by Kazuki Tsuji
Kinship and the evolution of social behaviours in the sea
by Stephanie J Kamel and Richard K Grosberg
Nice to kin and nasty to non-kin: revisiting Hamilton's early insights on eusociality
by Jacobus J Boomsma and Patrizia d'Ettorre
Parasites and altruism: converging roads
by Marlene Zuk and Mark E Borrello
The evolution of altruistic behaviour, The American Naturalist
The genetical evolution of social behaviour. I, Journal of Theoretical Biology - free to access
The genetical evolution of social behaviour. II, Journal of Theoretical Biology
William Hamilton published a number of articles with the Royal Society including Autumn tree colours as a handicap signal with Sam Brown, Cytoplasmic fusion and the nature of sexes with Laurence Hurst and Parent-offspring correlation in fitness under fluctuating selection with Ilan Eshel.
Professor Alan Grafen's moving biographical memoir of William Hamilton FRS is freely available to read in full.
Philosophical Transactions B have published a theme issue entitled Inclusive fitness: 50 years on. The issue was compiled and edited by Andy Gardner and Stuart A. West.