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The evolution of the social brain: anthropoid primates contrast with other vertebrates

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The social brain hypothesis argues that large brains have arisen over evolutionary time as a response to the social and ecological conflicts inherent in group living.We test predictions arising from the hypothesis using comparative data from birds and four mammalian orders (Carnivora, Artiodactyla, Chiroptera and Primates) and show that, across all non-primate taxa, relative brain size is principally related to pairbonding, but with enduring stable relationships in primates.We argue that this...

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10.1098/rspb.2007.0693

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University of Liverpool
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British Academy Centenary Research Project,School of Biological Sciences
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University of Liverpool
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Shultz, S
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Dunbar, R
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Royal Society Publisher's website
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Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences Journal website
Volume:
274
Issue:
1624
Pages:
2429-2436
Publication date:
2007-10-01
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1471-2945
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English
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2009-03-26

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