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Multilevel animal societies can emerge from cultural transmission

Overview of attention for article published in Nature Communications, September 2015
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Title
Multilevel animal societies can emerge from cultural transmission
Published in
Nature Communications, September 2015
DOI 10.1038/ncomms9091
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Maurício Cantor, Lauren G. Shoemaker, Reniel B. Cabral, César O. Flores, Melinda Varga, Hal Whitehead

Abstract

Multilevel societies, containing hierarchically nested social levels, are remarkable social structures whose origins are unclear. The social relationships of sperm whales are organized in a multilevel society with an upper level composed of clans of individuals communicating using similar patterns of clicks (codas). Using agent-based models informed by an 18-year empirical study, we show that clans are unlikely products of stochastic processes (genetic or cultural drift) but likely originate from cultural transmission via biased social learning of codas. Distinct clusters of individuals with similar acoustic repertoires, mirroring the empirical clans, emerge when whales learn preferentially the most common codas (conformism) from behaviourally similar individuals (homophily). Cultural transmission seems key in the partitioning of sperm whales into sympatric clans. These findings suggest that processes similar to those that generate complex human cultures could not only be at play in non-human societies but also create multilevel social structures in the wild.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 7 2%
United States 4 <1%
Netherlands 2 <1%
Brazil 2 <1%
Mexico 2 <1%
Senegal 1 <1%
Germany 1 <1%
Turkey 1 <1%
South Africa 1 <1%
Other 7 2%
Unknown 403 94%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 108 25%
Researcher 80 19%
Student > Master 54 13%
Student > Bachelor 53 12%
Other 25 6%
Other 70 16%
Unknown 41 10%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 224 52%
Environmental Science 39 9%
Psychology 22 5%
Social Sciences 17 4%
Physics and Astronomy 11 3%
Other 53 12%
Unknown 65 15%
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