Test cases, resolvability, and group selection: A critical examination of the myxoma case

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Abstract

The evolution of the myxoma virus in Australia has been presented for many years as a test case for the hypothesis that group selection can function effectively 'in the wild.' This paper critically examines the myxoma case, and argues that its failure as a test case for this hypothesis has broader implications for debates over the levels of selection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)380-401
Number of pages22
JournalPhilosophy of Science
Volume71
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2004
Externally publishedYes

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