A box full of Ping-Pong balls: My article on inclusive fitness in NY Times

On Wednesday, EO Wilson and colleagues at Harvard came out swinging at a major concept in modern evolutionary biology, known as inclusive fitness. A generation of scientists has used it to explain how animals help each other–because they’re kin. In the new paper, Wilson and colleagues say it’s superfluous.

I’ve written a story about the paper–and the sparks flying from it in biology circles–for tomorrow’s issue of the New York Times. I very much liked the way Jim Hunt, an expert on wasps, described the debate to me:

“Things are just bouncing around right now like a box full of Ping-Pong balls.”

To see what he means, check out the story.

[Image from Alex Wild]

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