The evolution of respect for property

Journal of Evolutionary Biology
T N Sherratt, M Mesterton-Gibbons

Abstract

Although possession is 'nine-tenths of the law', respect for ownership is widespread in the animal kingdom even without third-party enforcement. Thus, the first individuals to find objects are frequently left unchallenged by potential competitors and tend to win contests when disputes arise. Game theory has shown that respect for ownership ('Bourgeois' behaviour) can arise as an arbitrary convention to avoid costly disputes. However, the same theory predicts that a paradoxical respect for lack of ownership ('anti-Bourgeois' behaviour) can evolve under the same conditions and in some cases is the only stable outcome. Despite these predictions, anti-Bourgeois behaviour is rare in nature, whereas respect for ownership is frequently not absolute. Here, we review extensions of the classic models involving repeated interactions, confusion over roles, strategic coordination of behaviour ('secret handshakes'), owner-intruder asymmetries and continuous control of fighting investment. Confusion over roles and owner-intruder asymmetries in fighting ability may explain why respect for ownership is often partial. Moreover, although most model extensions facilitate the evolution of Bourgeois-like behaviour, secret handshakes and continuous c...Continue Reading

References

Jan 7, 1978·Journal of Theoretical Biology·D T Bishop, C Cannings
Oct 7, 1978·Journal of Theoretical Biology·D T BishopJ M Smith
Mar 1, 1976·Scientific American·J W Burgess
Jun 7, 1990·Journal of Theoretical Biology·A J Robson
Sep 1, 1974·Journal of Theoretical Biology·J M Smith
Sep 1, 1974·Journal of Theoretical Biology·G A Parker
Feb 1, 1968·Journal of Experimental Psychology·A R WagnerT Price
May 7, 1980·Journal of Theoretical Biology·R Selten
Sep 20, 2001·Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America·J E YackP J Weatherhead
Jul 1, 1982·Journal of the History of Biology·C U Smith
Mar 16, 2002·Journal of Theoretical Biology·I Eshel, E Sansone
Jul 15, 2003·The American Naturalist·Michael Mesterton-Gibbons, Eldridge S Adams
Feb 7, 2004·Science·Martin A Nowak, Karl Sigmund
Aug 13, 2004·Proceedings. Biological Sciences·Darrell J Kemp, Christer Wiklund
Dec 14, 2004·Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences·Jeffrey Evans Stake
Feb 8, 2006·Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society·Yuying HsuLarry L Wolf
May 11, 2006·The American Naturalist·Hanna KokkoLesley J Morrell
May 17, 2006·Trends in Ecology & Evolution·Claudia RutteMartin W G Brinkhof
Aug 17, 2006·Journal of Evolutionary Biology·O Leimar, P Hammerstein
Oct 4, 2006·Proceedings. Biological Sciences·Marlène GoubaultIan C W Hardy
Sep 21, 2007·Bulletin of Mathematical Biology·M Mesterton-Gibbons
Dec 20, 2007·Biology Letters·S A FayedP R Y Backwell
Dec 17, 2008·Behavioural Processes·Vanessa Rimoli MorishitaRodrigo Egydio Barreto
May 14, 2010·Proceedings. Biological Sciences·Martin BergmanChrister Wiklund
Nov 17, 2010·Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences·Max Wolf, Franz J Weissing
Sep 17, 2011·Nature·Dominic D P Johnson, James H Fowler
Jan 14, 2012·Ecology Letters·Andrew SihJonathan Pruitt
Feb 13, 2013·Frontiers in Zoology·Ryan L EarleyYuying Hsu
Jan 28, 2014·The American Naturalist·Mike Mesterton-Gibbons, Stephen M Heap
Sep 12, 2014·Proceedings. Biological Sciences·Hanna KokkoSarah R Pryke
Jan 1, 1984·Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution·Randy Thornhill

❮ Previous
Next ❯

Citations

Feb 14, 2016·Mathematical Biosciences·Mike Mesterton-GibbonsMarlène Goubault
Jan 26, 2016·Journal of Theoretical Biology·Mike Mesterton-Gibbons, Tom N Sherratt
Mar 19, 2016·Journal of Evolutionary Biology·D HareB Blossey
Feb 24, 2017·Proceedings. Biological Sciences·Martin Hinsch, Jan Komdeur
Oct 6, 2018·Evolutionary Anthropology·Lucy Tibble, Susana Carvalho
Feb 13, 2019·PloS One·Tilman Hartley
Jul 15, 2017·Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology·Martin Hinsch, Jan Komdeur
Jun 8, 2017·Psychological Research·Claudia ScorolliLuca Tummolini
Nov 23, 2020·Journal of Theoretical Biology·Krzysztof Argasinski, Ryszard Rudnicki
Jun 16, 2021·PloS One·Ulrich Berger, Hannelore De Silva
Jun 23, 2021·Multivariate Behavioral Research·Antonello MaruottiMatteo Rizzolli

❮ Previous
Next ❯

Related Concepts

Trending Feeds

COVID-19

Coronaviruses encompass a large family of viruses that cause the common cold as well as more serious diseases, such as the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19; formally known as 2019-nCoV). Coronaviruses can spread from animals to humans; symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties; in more severe cases, infection can lead to death. This feed covers recent research on COVID-19.

Blastomycosis

Blastomycosis fungal infections spread through inhaling Blastomyces dermatitidis spores. Discover the latest research on blastomycosis fungal infections here.

Nuclear Pore Complex in ALS/FTD

Alterations in nucleocytoplasmic transport, controlled by the nuclear pore complex, may be involved in the pathomechanism underlying multiple neurodegenerative diseases including Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Dementia. Here is the latest research on the nuclear pore complex in ALS and FTD.

Applications of Molecular Barcoding

The concept of molecular barcoding is that each original DNA or RNA molecule is attached to a unique sequence barcode. Sequence reads having different barcodes represent different original molecules, while sequence reads having the same barcode are results of PCR duplication from one original molecule. Discover the latest research on molecular barcoding here.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a disease characterized by unexplained disabling fatigue; the pathology of which is incompletely understood. Discover the latest research on chronic fatigue syndrome here.

Evolution of Pluripotency

Pluripotency refers to the ability of a cell to develop into three primary germ cell layers of the embryo. This feed focuses on the mechanisms that underlie the evolution of pluripotency. Here is the latest research.

Position Effect Variegation

Position Effect Variagation occurs when a gene is inactivated due to its positioning near heterochromatic regions within a chromosome. Discover the latest research on Position Effect Variagation here.

STING Receptor Agonists

Stimulator of IFN genes (STING) are a group of transmembrane proteins that are involved in the induction of type I interferon that is important in the innate immune response. The stimulation of STING has been an active area of research in the treatment of cancer and infectious diseases. Here is the latest research on STING receptor agonists.

Microbicide

Microbicides are products that can be applied to vaginal or rectal mucosal surfaces with the goal of preventing, or at least significantly reducing, the transmission of sexually transmitted infections. Here is the latest research on microbicides.

Related Papers

BMJ : British Medical Journal
M Humphreys
Agressologie: revue internationale de physio-biologie et de pharmacologie appliquées aux effets de l'agression
M Cara
© 2022 Meta ULC. All rights reserved