Journal article

Rethinking animal social complexity measures with the help of complex systems concepts

Elizabeth A Hobson, Vanessa Ferdinand, Artemy Kolchinsky, Joshua Garland

ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR | ACADEMIC PRESS LTD- ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2019

Abstract

Explaining how and why some species evolved to have more complex social structures than others has been a long-term goal for many researchers in animal behaviour because it would provide important insight into the links between evolution and ecology, sociality and cognition. However, despite long-standing interest, the evolution of social complexity is still poorly understood. This may be due in part to researchers focusing on the feasibility of quantifying aspects of sociality, rather than what features are characteristic of animal social complexity in the first place. Any given approach to studying complexity can tell us some things about animal sociality, but may miss others, so it is cri..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We thank the Santa Fe Institute for helping to support this research and Rafael Lucas Rodriguez for organizing the 'Unasked Questions' symposium at the 2018 Animal Behavior Society meeting as well as inviting us to be part of this special issue. E.A.H. was supported by a Complexity Fellowship from the Arizona State University-Santa Fe Institute (ASU-SFI) Centre for Biosocial Complex Systems. V.F. and J.G. were supported by Omidyar Fellowships at the Santa Fe Institute. V.F. was also supported by the University of Melbourne's Research Fellowship in Computational Cognitive Science.