Identifying the role that individual animals play in their social network

  title={Identifying the role that individual animals play in their social network},
  author={David Lusseau and M E J Newman},
Techniques recently developed for the analysis of human social networks are applied to the social network of bottlenose dolphins living in Doubtful Sound, New Zealand. We identify communities and subcommunities within the dolphin population and present evidence that sexand age-related homophily play a role in the formation of clusters of preferred companionship. We also identify brokers who act as links between subcommunities and who appear to be crucial to the social cohesion of the population… CONTINUE READING
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