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What is a group? Conceptual clarity can help integrate evolutionary and social scientific research on cooperation

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  27 June 2014

Drew Gerkey
Postdoctoral Fellow, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, University of Maryland, Annapolis, MD 21401.
Lee Cronk
Department of Anthropology and Center for Human Evolutionary Studies, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. lcronk@anthropology.rutgers.edu


Smaldino argues that evolutionary theories of social behavior do not adequately explain the emergence of group-level traits, including differentiation of roles and organized interactions among individuals. We find Smaldino's account to be commendable but incomplete. Our commentary focuses on a simple question that has not been adequately addressed: What is a group?

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