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Both social and ecological factors predict ungulate brain size

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Among mammals, the members of some Orders have relatively large brains. Alternative explanations for this have emphasized either social or ecological selection pressures favouring greater information-processing capacities, including large group size, greater foraging efficiency, higher innovation rates, better invasion success and complex problem solving. However, the focal taxa for these analyses (primates, carnivores and birds) often show both varied ecological competence and social complex...

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10.1098/rspb.2005.3283

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University of Liverpool
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School of Biological Sciences
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University of Liverpool
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British Academy
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Dunbar, R
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Royal Society of London
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Proceedings of the Royal Society B More from this journal
Volume:
273
Issue:
1583
Pages:
207-215
Publication date:
2006-01-01
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1471-2954
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2010-01-13

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