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Sequential phenotypic constraints on social information use in wild baboons

Carter, AJ; Torrents Ticó, M; Cowlishaw, G; (2016) Sequential phenotypic constraints on social information use in wild baboons. eLife , 5 , Article e13125. 10.7554/eLife.13125. Green open access

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Abstract

Social information allows the rapid dissemination of novel information among individuals. However, an individual’s ability to use information is likely to be dependent on phenotypic constraints operating at three successive steps: acquisition, application, and exploitation. We tested this novel framework by quantifying the sequential process of social information use with experimental food patches in wild baboons (Papio ursinus). We identified phenotypic constraints at each step of the information use sequence: peripheral individuals in the proximity network were less likely to acquire and apply social information, while subordinate females were less likely to exploit it successfully. Social bonds and personality also played a limiting role along the sequence. As a result of these constraints, the average individual only acquired and exploited social information on <25% and <5% of occasions. Our study highlights the sequential nature of information use and the fundamental importance of phenotypic constraints on this sequence.

Type: Article
Title: Sequential phenotypic constraints on social information use in wild baboons
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.7554/eLife.13125
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.13125
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © Carter et al. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use and redistribution provided that the original author and source are credited. See this link for more information: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1502421
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