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Cooperation facilitates the colonisation of harsh environments

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Animals living in harsh environments, where temperatures are hot and rainfall is unpredictable, are more likely to breed in cooperative groups. As a result, harsh environmental conditions have been accepted as a key factor explaining the evolution of cooperation. However, this is based on evidence that has not investigated the order of evolutionary events, so the inferred causality could be incorrect. We resolve this problem using phylogenetic analyses of 4707 bird species and found that caus...

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Publication status:
Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
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Accepted manuscript

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10.1038/s41559-016-0057

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Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
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IOS-1121435, IOS-1257530, IOS-1439985
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Publisher:
Nature Publishing Group Publisher's website
Journal:
Nature Ecology and Evolution Journal website
Volume:
1
Pages:
0057
Publication date:
2017-02-17
Acceptance date:
2016-12-14
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EISSN:
2397-334X
Pubs id:
pubs:666255
URN:
uri:1473347c-e4e3-4685-aeac-33d26203a539
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uuid:1473347c-e4e3-4685-aeac-33d26203a539
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pubs:666255

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