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Science. 1967 Sep 29;157(3796):1584-5.

Foundress associations in polistine wasps: dominance hierarchies and the evolution of social behavior.

Abstract

Interactions among female paper wasps of newly founded colonies suggest that dominance relations assign social (reproductive) roles to siblings in a way advantageous to both dominants and subordinates. In various social animals dominance relations may have been an important prerequisite for the evolution of a division of labor between reproductive and nonreproductive (or less reproductive) adults.

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