Dominance style is a key predictor of vocal use and evolution across nonhuman primates

Kavanagh, E. ORCID: 0000-0001-7202-005X, Street, S.E., Angwela, F.O., Bergman, T.J., Blaszczyk, M.B., Bolt, L.M., Briseño-Jaramillo, M., Brown, M., Chen-Kraus, C., Clay, Z., Coye, C., Thompson, M.E., Estrada, A., Fichtel, C., Fruth, B., Gamba, M., Giacoma, C., Graham, K.E., Green, S., Grueter, C.C., Gupta, S., Gustison, M.L., Hagberg, L., Hedwig, D., Jack, K.M., Kappeler, P.M., King-Bailey, G., Kuběnová, B., Lemasson, A., Inglis, D.M., Machanda, Z., MacIntosh, A., Majolo, B., Marshall, S., Mercier, S., Micheletta, J., Muller, M., Notman, H., Ouattara, K., Ostner, J., Pavelka, M.S.M., Peckre, L.R., Petersdorf, M., Quintero, F., Ramos-Fernández, G., Robbins, M.M., Salmi, R., Schamberg, I., Schoof, V.A.M., Schülke, O., Semple, S., Silk, J.B., Sosa-Lopéz, J.R., Torti, V., Valente, D., Ventura, R., van de Waal, E., Weyher, A.H., Wilke, C., Wrangham, R., Young, C. ORCID: 0000-0001-8919-2093, Zanoli, A., Zuberbühler, K., Lameira, A.R. and Slocombe, K., 2021. Dominance style is a key predictor of vocal use and evolution across nonhuman primates. Royal Society Open Science, 8 (7): 210873.

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Abstract

Animal communication has long been thought to be subject to pressures and constraints associated with social relationships. However, our understanding of how the nature and quality of social relationships relates to the use and evolution of communication is limited by a lack of directly comparable methods across multiple levels of analysis. Here, we analysed observational data from 111 wild groups belonging to 26 non-human primate species, to test how vocal communication relates to dominance style (the strictness with which a dominance hierarchy is enforced, ranging from ‘despotic’ to ‘tolerant’). At the individual-level, we found that dominant individuals who were more tolerant vocalized at a higher rate than their despotic counterparts. This indicates that tolerance within a relationship may place pressure on the dominant partner to communicate more during social interactions. At the species-level, however, despotic species exhibited a larger repertoire of hierarchy-related vocalizations than their tolerant counterparts. Findings suggest primate signals are used and evolve in tandem with the nature of interactions that characterize individuals' social relationships.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Royal Society Open Science
Creators: Kavanagh, E., Street, S.E., Angwela, F.O., Bergman, T.J., Blaszczyk, M.B., Bolt, L.M., Briseño-Jaramillo, M., Brown, M., Chen-Kraus, C., Clay, Z., Coye, C., Thompson, M.E., Estrada, A., Fichtel, C., Fruth, B., Gamba, M., Giacoma, C., Graham, K.E., Green, S., Grueter, C.C., Gupta, S., Gustison, M.L., Hagberg, L., Hedwig, D., Jack, K.M., Kappeler, P.M., King-Bailey, G., Kuběnová, B., Lemasson, A., Inglis, D.M., Machanda, Z., MacIntosh, A., Majolo, B., Marshall, S., Mercier, S., Micheletta, J., Muller, M., Notman, H., Ouattara, K., Ostner, J., Pavelka, M.S.M., Peckre, L.R., Petersdorf, M., Quintero, F., Ramos-Fernández, G., Robbins, M.M., Salmi, R., Schamberg, I., Schoof, V.A.M., Schülke, O., Semple, S., Silk, J.B., Sosa-Lopéz, J.R., Torti, V., Valente, D., Ventura, R., van de Waal, E., Weyher, A.H., Wilke, C., Wrangham, R., Young, C., Zanoli, A., Zuberbühler, K., Lameira, A.R. and Slocombe, K.
Publisher: The Royal Society
Date: 28 July 2021
Volume: 8
Number: 7
Identifiers:
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10.1098/rsos.210873DOI
1492655Other
Rights: © 2021 The Authors. Published by the Royal Society under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/, which permits unrestricted use, provided the original author and source are credited.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 16 Nov 2021 16:25
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 16:25
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/44834

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