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Agonistic Support in Juvenile Japanese Macaques: Cognitive and Functional Implications

Schino, Gabriele, Tiddi, Barbara, Polizzi di Sorrentino, Eugenia (2007) Agonistic Support in Juvenile Japanese Macaques: Cognitive and Functional Implications. Ethology, 113 (12). pp. 1151-1157. ISSN 0179-1613. E-ISSN 1439-0310. (doi:10.1111/j.1439-0310.2007.01426.x) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:84586)

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Abstract

Agonistic support is generally considered a classical example of altruistic behaviour. It plays a critical role in the process of rank acquisition. This study investigates agonistic coalitions involving juvenile Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata) living in a large captive group. Kinship was a good predictor of agonistic support received by juvenile macaques. Kinship also had a significant, though weaker, influence on agonistic support given by juvenile macaques. The latter was strongly influenced by the prospective rank of the individual against which the coalition was directed, i.e. by the rank relationship between the target of the coalition and the juvenile’s mother. Juvenile macaques intervened aggressively more against prospectively subordinate individuals than against prospectively dominant individuals. These results imply agonistic support is not necessarily altruistic, and support the hypothesis that primates may understand the rank relationship that exist among their group mates, i.e. that they are aware of third-party social relationships. They also suggest that selective pressures associated with the process of rank acquisition may have favoured the evolution of higher cognitive abilities.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/j.1439-0310.2007.01426.x
Uncontrolled keywords: Macaca fuscata; agonistic support
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Depositing User: Barbara Tiddi
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2020 21:52 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:27 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/84586 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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