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21 December 2016

How monogamy made superorganisms evolve

This video was produced by Draw Curiosity, in collaboration with Stated Clearly. Interviewer: Inés Dawson, PhD student at the University of Oxford. Featuring: Koos Boomsma, Professor at University of Copenhagen.

"How did eusociality evolve? How did bee colonies undergo evolution to become superorganisms? Today, with expert Professor Boomsma, Inés explores how lifetime monogamy led facultative eusocial animals to evolve into superorganisms. This evolution is the latest out of what are known as the Major Evolutionary Transitions.

Obligate eusociality evolved four times, in the Hymenoptera (bees, wasps and ants), and in the higher termites, but facultative eusociality is a lot more common. What makes the transition from solitary bees to superorganism evolve?"

This video draws upon Boomsma's paper Lifetime monogamy and the evolution of eusociality.

And follows on from Stated Clearly's animation "What Caused Life's Major Evolutionary Transitions?":