Triadic social interactions operate across time: a field experiment with wild chimpanzees.

@article{Wittig2014TriadicSI,
  title={Triadic social interactions operate across time: a field experiment with wild chimpanzees.},
  author={Roman M Wittig and Catherine Crockford and Kevin E. Langergraber and Klaus Zuberb{\"u}hler},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2014},
  volume={281 1779},
  pages={
          20133155
        }
}
Social animals cooperate with bonding partners to outcompete others. Predicting a competitor's supporter is likely to be beneficial, regardless of whether the supporting relationship is stable or transient, or whether the support happens immediately or later. Although humans make such predictions frequently, it is unclear to what extent animals have the cognitive abilities to recognize others' transient bond partners and to predict others' coalitions that extend beyond the immediate present. We… CONTINUE READING

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