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I argue that one of the strong features in disciplines like molecular biology and cosmology is the extent ot which they use a powerful theoretical framework to generate and test quantitative predictions. Studies of biological evolution can exploit a similar advantage by integrating our current understanding of physiological and sociobiological processes to generate models of much greater sophistication than has commonly been the practice hitherto. I illustrate this with a number of examples drawn from the evolutionary biology of human and nonhuman primates.

Original publication




Journal article


Folia Primatol (Basel)

Publication Date





235 - 246


Animals, Biological Evolution, Models, Biological