A chemically-triggered transition from conflict to cooperation in burying beetles

Bo-Fei Chen, Mark Liu, Dustin R. Rubenstein, Syuan-Jyun Sun, Jian-Nan Liu & Sheng-Feng Shen
Although interspecific competition has long been recognized as a major driver of trait divergence and adaptive evolution, relatively little effort has focused on how it influences the evolution of intraspecific cooperation. Here we identify the mechanism by which the perceived pressure of interspecific competition influences the transition from intraspecific conflict to cooperation in a facultative cooperatively breeding species, the Asian burying beetle Nicrophorus nepalensis. We not only found that beetles are more cooperative at carcasses...
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