Allelomimetic synchronization in Merino sheep

@article{Gautrais2007AllelomimeticSI,
  title={Allelomimetic synchronization in Merino sheep},
  author={Jacques Gautrais and Pablo Michelena and Angela Margaret Sibbald and R. Ram{\'i}rez Bon and Jean-Louis Deneubourg},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2007},
  volume={74},
  pages={1443-1454}
}
Changes between the inactive (resting/ruminating) and active (grazing, walking) states in groups of Merino sheep were studied in the field for different group sizes (two, four, six or eight) of either male or female animals over 6-h periods. The amount of synchrony within groups was high (60e80%) and is attributed to the mutual adjustment of behaviour by group members. To quantify this process, changes in the number of active individuals were fitted by a time homogeneous continuous time Markov… CONTINUE READING
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