Network integration and limits to social inheritance in vervet monkeys

Show simple item record Jarrett, Jonathan D. Bonnell, Tyler R. Young, Christopher Barrett, Louise Henzi, S. Peter 2018-04-25T11:00:20Z 2018-04
dc.description.abstract Social networks can be adaptive for members and a recent model (Ilany and Akçay 2016 Nat. Comm. 7, 12084 (doi:10.1038/ncomms12084)) has demonstrated that network structure can be maintained by a simple process of social inheritance. Here, we ask how juvenile vervet monkeys integrate into their adult grooming networks, using the model to test whether observed grooming patterns replicate network structure. Female juveniles, who are philopatric, increased their grooming effort towards adults more than males, although this was not reciprocated by the adults themselves. While more consistent maternal grooming networks, together with maternal network strength, predicted increasing similarity in the patterning of mother–daughter grooming allocations, daughters' grooming networks generally did not match closely those of their mothers. However, maternal networks themselves were not very consistent across time, thus presenting youngsters with a moving target that may be difficult to match. Observed patterns of juvenile female grooming did not replicate the adult network, for which increased association with adults not groomed by their mothers would be necessary. These results suggest that network flexibility, not stability, characterizes our groups and that juveniles are exposed to, and must learn to cope with, temporal shifts in network structure. We hypothesize that this may lead to individual variation in behavioural flexibility, which in turn may help explain why and how variation in sociability influences fitness. en_ZA
dc.description.department Anatomy and Physiology en_ZA
dc.description.embargo 2019-04-11
dc.description.librarian hj2018 en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship The NRF (South Africa) awards to S.P.H. and NSERC (Canada) grants to S.P.H. and L.B. L.B. is also supported by NSERC's Canada Research Chairs Program (Tier 1). T.B. is supported by a FQRNT Postdoctoral Fellowship and the Canada Research Chairs program (L.B.). en_ZA
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dc.identifier.citation Jarrett, J.D., Bonnell, T.R., Young, C. et al. 2018, 'Network integration and limits to social inheritance in vervet monkeys', Proceedings of the Royal Society B : Biological Sciences, vol. 285, no. 1876, art. no. 20172668, pp. 1-9. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0962-8452 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1471-2954 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1098/rspb.2017.2668
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher The Royal Society en_ZA
dc.rights © 2018 The Author(s). Published by the Royal Society. All rights reserved. en_ZA
dc.subject Social integration en_ZA
dc.subject Social development en_ZA
dc.subject Grooming en_ZA
dc.subject Vervet monkeys (Chlorocebus pygerythrus) en_ZA
dc.subject Behavioural flexibility en_ZA
dc.title Network integration and limits to social inheritance in vervet monkeys en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA

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