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.
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.