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Unformatted text preview: 4. It is difficult to document reciprocal altruism among primates. Why?' Yes. This could be true either because reciprocity is uncommon or because altruism is reciprocated in different currencies and the costs and benefits of specific behaviors are hard to identify. 5. You are beginning a study of a baboon population, and though you plan to do genetic testing to determine relationships, you are interested in making some predictions beforehand about relatedness using altruism. What kinds of altruistic behaviors might you look for as clues to relatedness? 6. Some attempts to explain altruism have focused on its benefits to the species as a whole. Why are these explanations generally unsatisfactory? 7. How is the scientific definition of altruism different from the common definition of altruism?...
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This note was uploaded on 02/02/2011 for the course ANTHRBIO 161 taught by Professor Mitani during the Fall '08 term at University of Michigan.
- Fall '08