Lévy walk patterns in the foraging movements of spider monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi)

@article{RamosFernndez2003LvyWP,
  title={L{\'e}vy walk patterns in the foraging movements of spider monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi)},
  author={Gabriel Ramos-Fern{\'a}ndez and Jos{\'e} L. Mateos and Octavio Miramontes and Germinal Cocho and Hern{\'a}n Larralde and B{\'a}rbara Ayala-Orozco},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2003},
  volume={55},
  pages={223-230}
}
Scale invariant patterns have been found in different biological systems, in many cases resembling what physicists have found in other, nonbiological systems. Here we describe the foraging patterns of free-ranging spider monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi) in the forest of the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico and find that these patterns closely resemble what physicists know as Lévy walks. First, the length of a trajectory’s constituent steps, or continuous moves in the same direction, is best described by a… 

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