Fission–fusion populations

  title={Fission–fusion populations},
  author={I. Couzin and M. E. Laidre},
  journal={Current Biology},
  • I. Couzin, M. E. Laidre
  • Published 2009
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Current Biology
  • What is fission–fusion and why is it important? Grouping among animals is ubiquitous, from swarms of insects, schools of fish and flocks of birds to herds of ungulates, troops of primates, and vast interconnected human urban settlements. In many grouping species, across genera and scales of organization, group formation is a highly dynamic process: group size and composition change frequently within the lifetime of members as groups split (fission) or merge (fusion) (Figure 1). The timescale… CONTINUE READING
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