Music and dance as a coalition signaling system

@article{Hagen2003MusicAD,
  title={Music and dance as a coalition signaling system},
  author={Edward H. Hagen and Gregory A. Bryant},
  journal={Human Nature},
  year={2003},
  volume={14},
  pages={21-51}
}
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