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The complex social worlds of many animal species may be linked to complex communicative systems in those species. We now have evidence in diverse taxa and in different communicative modalities suggesting that complexity in social groups can drive complexity in signalling systems. The aim of this theme issue is to develop the theory behind this link between social complexity and communicative complexity, and to provide an overview of the lines of research testing this link.

Original publication

DOI

10.1098/rstb.2011.0294

Type

Journal article

Journal

Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci

Publication Date

05/07/2012

Volume

367

Pages

1782 - 1784

Keywords

Animals, Birds, Primates, Social Behavior, Social Environment, Species Specificity, Vocalization, Animal