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The Evolution of Intra-Specific Variation in Social Organisation in Mammals and its Implication for Social Evolution

Last update: : Tuesday 31 July 2018, by Nicolas Busser

Presented by: Carsten Schradin, IPHC-DEPE
Date: Thursday 18th October 2018, 13:00-14:30
Place: Amphithéâtre Marguerite Perey, bâtiment 01

Humans have always been fascinated by the variety of animal social organisation. Since Darwin, we have tried to comprehend this variation and use it to understand our own, very variable social organisation. Species are typically classified as having only one form of social organisation, i.e. being either group, pair, or solitary living. But we know for a long time that variation even exists within species. This is problematical in comparative studies, since incorrect information is captured into databases for possibly the majority of species. IVSO might represent an important adaptation to previously experienced environmental change, which makes understanding IVSO crucial to predict how species respond to current and future environmental change.

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