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Comment author: Psy-Kosh 07 November 2007 08:43:34PM 0 points [-]

This may be a stupid question but... what about kin selection? How did that develop? Wouldn't something like group selection have had to have happened at some point for kin selection to end up showing up in the first place?

ie, imagine a couple families/clans/whatever of some species. one happens to have a member that has "magic gene(s) of kin selection juju", and the other... doesn't.

Let's say eventually in the former, sometimes members having that gene get to breed just often enough so that the gene/complex/whatever starts spreading around through the family. Then, that would help promote the success of that family and thus that gene.

Or am I completely way way off here? And if so, how does kin selection develop in the first place then? Thanks.