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Collective animal navigation and migratory culture: From theoretical models to empirical evidence

Berdahl, AM and Kao, AB and Flack, A and Westley, PAH and Codling, EA and Couzin, ID and Dell, AI and Biro, D (2018) 'Collective animal navigation and migratory culture: From theoretical models to empirical evidence.' Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 373 (1746). ISSN 0962-8436

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Animals often travel in groups, and their navigational decisions can be influenced by social interactions. Both theory and empirical observations suggest that such collective navigation can result in individuals improving their ability to find their way and could be one of the key benefits of sociality for these species. Here, we provide an overview of the potential mechanisms underlying collective navigation, review the known, and supposed, empirical evidence for such behaviour and highlight interesting directions for future research. We further explore how both social and collective learning during group navigation could lead to the accumulation of knowledge at the population level, resulting in the emergence of migratory culture.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: migration, animal culture, many wrongs, leadership, collective learning, emergent sensing
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Mathematical Sciences, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2018 14:12
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2018 14:12

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