Kinship Shapes Affiliative Social Networks but Not Aggression in Ring-Tailed Coatis

  title={Kinship Shapes Affiliative Social Networks but Not Aggression in Ring-Tailed Coatis},
  author={Ben Hirsch and Margaret A. Stanton and J{\'e}sus E. Maldonado},
  booktitle={PloS one},
Animal groups typically contain individuals with varying degrees of genetic relatedness, and this variation in kinship has a major influence on patterns of aggression and affiliative behaviors. This link between kinship and social behavior underlies socioecological models which have been developed to explain how and why different types of animal societies evolve. We tested if kinship and age-sex class homophily in two groups of ring-tailed coatis (Nasua nasua) predicted the network structure of… CONTINUE READING
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