the study of social behavior in animals with emphasis on the role of behavior in survival and reproduction, engaging branches of ethology, population genetics, and ecology.
- so·ci·o·bi·o·log·i·cal [soh-see-oh-bahy-uh-loj-i-kuhl, soh-shee-], /ˌsoʊ si oʊˌbaɪ əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl, ˌsoʊ ʃi-/, adjective
- so·ci·o·bi·o·log·i·cal·ly, adverb
- so·ci·o·bi·ol·o·gist, noun
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How to use sociobiology in a sentence
On the spot, I suggested that we write an article together, “Rethinking the Theoretical Foundation of sociobiology,” which the Quarterly Review of Biology published the next year.E.O. Wilson Saw the World in a Wholly New Way - Issue 112: Inspiration | David Sloan Wilson | January 5, 2022 | Nautilus
British Dictionary definitions for sociobiology
the study of social behaviour in animals and humans, esp in relation to its survival value and evolutionary origins
- sociobiologist, noun
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Scientific definitions for sociobiology
The scientific study of the biological basis of the social behavior of animals, based on the theory that such behavior is often genetically determined and that the genes governing this behavior are subject to the usual mechanisms of evolution. Sociobiology posits that an animal will normally behave in ways that will increase the survival of its genes in the gene pool, either by increasing its own reproductive success or the reproductive success of an individual or group that is closely related and thus shares some of the organism's genes. Sociobiologists seek to find explanations for animal behaviors such as aggression and altruism in relation to the survival of the animal's genes.
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Cultural definitions for sociobiology
An area of inquiry in biology, still somewhat controversial but gaining wider acceptance. Its central tenet is that many human behavioral and social traits are genetically inherited and are thus determined by genetic makeup and not culture.
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