How could a humanoid race and/or a human subspecies develop eusocial behavior? It's more common in insects like bees, but the naked mole rat is a eusocial mammal, so it's possible, any thoughts on the how/why of such a development?


We are already fairly Euosocial

A quick search on wikipedia's Eusociality page would tell you that humans have been refered to as a species of eusocial ape.

Note that the requirements of Eusociality are simply:

  • Reproductive division of labor (with or without sterile castes)
  • Overlapping generations
  • Cooperative care of young

Humans do all of these things.

If you look at our behaviour more closely as a society you'll see it come through.

  • Overlapping generations: Large families living together, and if you think about it more, we've got "generation X", "millenials", etc etc.
  • Cooperative care of young: Day cares, baby sitters, etc etc.
  • Reproductive division of labor: It's harder to draw comparison here since humans don't lay eggs, but what it really boils down to is "division of labor" which we clearly participate in; every single job opening is a type of division of labor.
  • $\begingroup$ Well, how would things go a step further then? $\endgroup$ – The Literary Lord Jun 24 '18 at 22:02
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    $\begingroup$ @TheLiteraryLord in some ways we're pulling back from it. Reintroduce castes and/or classes, repurpose the older folk as community child care, and abolish things like nursing homes, making the family unit more responsible for the extended family than a normal atomic family unit generally allows. All these things would be considered by most enlightened societies as a retrograde step but if there was a compelling reason to do it (like the ageing population issue) that may change. Not the castes, but certainly a more active role in childraising for the elderly at least. $\endgroup$ – Tim B II Jun 24 '18 at 23:47
  • $\begingroup$ I meant more in an evolutionary sense. $\endgroup$ – The Literary Lord Jun 25 '18 at 23:08

Genetic engineering gone savage? The queen started as a way for the geneticist to be their own lab and petri dish, monitoring every nutrient and hormone for every experiment. Maybe then there's a natural disaster and they start making specialized people just to survive and then to build fortresses and empires. Thanks for the idea by the way, very inspiring.


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