Leadership in elephants: the adaptive value of age.

@article{McComb2011LeadershipIE,
  title={Leadership in elephants: the adaptive value of age.},
  author={Karen McComb and Graeme Shannon and Sarah M Durant and Katito N. Sayialel and Rob Slotow and Joyce Poole and Cynthia J. Moss},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2011},
  volume={278 1722},
  pages={3270-6}
}
The value of age is well recognized in human societies, where older individuals often emerge as leaders in tasks requiring specialized knowledge, but what part do such individuals play in other social species? Despite growing interest in how effective leadership might be achieved in animal social systems, the specific role that older leaders may play in decision-making has rarely been experimentally investigated. Here, we use a novel playback paradigm to demonstrate that in African elephants… CONTINUE READING
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