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Primate social group sizes exhibit a regular scaling pattern with natural attractors

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Primate groups vary considerably in size across species. Nonetheless, the distribution of mean species group size has a regular scaling pattern with preferred sizes approximating 2.5, 5, 15, 30 and 50 individuals (although strepsirrhines lack the latter two), with a scaling ratio of approximately 2.5 similar to that observed in human social networks. These clusters appear to form distinct social grades that are associated with rapid evolutionary change, presumably in response to intense envir...

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10.1098/rsbl.2017.0490

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Institution:
University of Oxford
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Medical Sciences Division
Department:
Experimental Psychology
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0000-0002-9982-9702
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Biology Letters Journal website
Volume:
14
Issue:
1
Pages:
20170490
Publication date:
2018-01-17
Acceptance date:
2017-12-22
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1744-957X
ISSN:
1744-9561
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pubs:821345
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uri:a89cb10f-f741-4e2a-b479-d2d3d179e96d
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uuid:a89cb10f-f741-4e2a-b479-d2d3d179e96d
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