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Reproduction Expanded: Multigenerational and Multilineal Units of Evolution

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 January 2022


Reproduction is central to biology and evolution. Standard concepts of reproduction are drawn from animals. Nonstandard examples of reproduction can be found in unicellular eukaryotes that distribute their reproductive strategies across multiple generations, and in mutualistic systems that combine different modes of reproduction across multiple lineages. Examining multigenerational and multilineal reproducers and how they align fitness has implications for conceptualizing units of evolution.

Complex Life Cycles and Reproduction
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University of Sydney Bridging Support funded the research for this paper. I am immensely grateful to fellow PSA symposiasts on ‘Complex Lifecycles’ (Peter Godfrey-Smith, Jim Griesemer, Matt Herron), and to Thomas Pradeu for chairing that symposium and commenting on this paper.


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