Long-term Sabbatical

The evolution of sociality

PI(s): James H Hunt (North Carolina State Univerisity)
Start Date: 1-Sep-2009
End Date: 28-Feb-2010

I propose to write a book, The Evolution of Sociality. A survey of societies - from slime molds through fish schools to avian family groups and primate troops to army ant colonies - will provide the foundation for this book. A prominent additional feature will be the construction of a conceptual framework to understand the evolution, integration, functioning, and common denominators of the diversity of animal societies. By the end of the book, readers will have a working knowledge of the natural history of a diverse, representative array of social behavior in animals, and they will be able to place that knowledge in a conceptual framework for understanding, synthesis, and future learning.

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