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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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Published
Peer review status:
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10.1098/rspb.2005.3283

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Institution:
University of Liverpool
Department:
School of Biological Sciences
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Institution:
University of Liverpool
Department:
School of Biological Sciences
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R. I. M. Dunbar
Publisher:
Royal Society of London Publisher's website
Journal:
Proceedings of the Royal Society B Journal website
Volume:
273
Issue:
1583
Pages:
207-215
Publication date:
2006-01-05
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EISSN:
1471-2954
URN:
uuid:05d83921-5fde-4559-a40e-4750c31cb51e
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ora:3215

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