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Evolutionary Restraints: The Contentious History of Group Selection

by Mark E. Borrello
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010. 215 pages.

Concluding his review of Borrello’s history of group selection, E. G. Leigh Jr. summarizes: “Those acquainted with the group selection controversy might benefit from this book. I earned much of interest from it about various aspects of the controversy. On the other hand, it makes a poor introduction to the controversy, because it communicates a very inadequate understanding of why opponents of group selection were so sure that it could rarely be effective. Borrello’s presentation of Wynne- Edwards as the father of group selection is misguided: even group selectionists agree that Wynne-Edwards’s application of the concept was inappropriate.”