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Susan Hurley and Matthew Nudds

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780198528272

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198528272.001.0001

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Social cognition in the wild: Machiavellian dolphins?

Social cognition in the wild: Machiavellian dolphins?

(p.329) Chapter 16 Social cognition in the wild: Machiavellian dolphins?
Rational Animals?

Richard Connor

Janet Mann

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines animal social behaviour in the wild in the case of bottlenose dolphins. It aims to contribute to better understanding of how the cognitive abilities demonstrated in captive bottlenose dolphins function in the wild, and of how the Machiavellian intelligence hypothesis may apply to cetaceans. It compares the selective pressures imposed by social complexity in marine as opposed to terrestrial environments, and draws attention to the very different adaptations found in different cetacean species.

Keywords:   bottlenose dolphins, animal social behaviour, Machiavellian intelligence, selective pressures, social cognition, cetaceans

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