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Sociobiology of Communication: an interdisciplinary perspective

Patrizia d'Ettorre and David P. Hughes


Communication is the cornerstone of socially interacting groups. This is self-evident for human societies but not for bacterial biofilms, and super-colonies that span whole continents and transoceanic communication among whales. Since the early beginnings of communication studies, it has always been a stated goal to identify common features of diverse forms of communication (recently also including the internet), but syntheses have been few and historical barriers between sub-disciplines of molecular, evolutionary, chemical, and behavioural biology have been prohibitive stumbling blocks. This ... More

Keywords: interdisciplinary approach, evolutionary biology, signals, self organization, evolution of societies, bacterial biofilms, super-colonies, whales

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199216840
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216840.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patrizia d'Ettorre, editor
Centre for Social Evolution, University of Copenhagen

David P. Hughes, editor
Centre for Social Evolution, Universtiy of Copenhagen

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