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Sergey Gavrilets Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Department of Mathematics, National Institute For Mathematical and Biological Systems, University of Tennessee

Abstract: Humans exhibit strong egalitarian syndrome, i.e. the complex of cognitive perspectives, ethical principles, social norms, and individual and collective attitudes promoting equality. The universality of egalitarianism in hunter-gatherers suggests that it is an ancient, evolved human pattern. The evolutionary emergence of this syndrome is one of the most intriguing unsolved puzzles related to the origins of modern humans. Using simple mathematical models I will explore possible routes for two important aspects of egalitarian behavior: the transition from promiscuity to pair-bonding and coalitionary control of bullies.

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