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Temporal coordination signals coalition quality

Hall, Michelle; Magrath, Robert D


Coordinated displays are widely used to defend shared resources, and may signal coalition strength so that groups can assess the relative competitive ability of rivals and avoid unnecessary fights. Joint vocal displays are known to facilitate numerical assessment of relative group size in some animals, but it is not known whether features of coordinated vocal displays can signal coalition strength independent of coalition size. We show experimentally that precise coordination between partners...[Show more]

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Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: Current Biology
DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2007.04.022


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