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Enforced altruism in insect societies

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Cooperation among workers and their seeming altruism result from strict policing by nestmates.

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    • Francis L. W. Ratnieks

    Present address: Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK

    • Tom Wenseleers

    Present address: Zoological Institute, Catholic University of Leuven, 3000, Leuven, Belgium

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  1. Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin, 14193, Germany

    • Tom Wenseleers
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