26 Aug2020

An information-theory approach to geometry for animal groups

An information-theory approach to geometry for animal groups

Christoph D. Dahl, Elodie Ferrando, Klaus Zuberbühler

Observing the seemingly perfectly correlated behaviour of animal groups, such as fish schools or bird swarm, is absolutely impressive. Interestingly, very little is actually known regarding why and according to which principles animals coordinate their behaviour in the group. Luckily, we are living in a fascinating time where, with technological advances, tackling these questions is possible. This study investigated what the underlying social determinants are in a freely moving and interacting pack of siberian huskies. The study revealed the influence of evolutionarily inherited social structures that included kin and dominance relations, as well as predictions made by individuals about relevant forthcoming external events.

Published in Animal Cognition

Here is the link: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10071-020-01374-3