Matriarchs As Repositories of Social Knowledge in African Elephants

  title={Matriarchs As Repositories of Social Knowledge in African Elephants},
  author={Karen McComb and C. Moss and Sarah M. Durant and Lucy Baker and Soila Sayialel},
  pages={491 - 494}
Despite widespread interest in the evolution of social intelligence, little is known about how wild animals acquire and store information about social companions or whether individuals possessing enhanced social knowledge derive biological fitness benefits. Using playback experiments on African elephants (Loxodonta africana), we demonstrated that the possession of enhanced discriminatory abilities by the oldest individual in a group can influence the social knowledge of the group as a whole… Expand

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