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The Sciences

You Know It's An Election Year When...

The IntersectionBy Sheril KirshenbaumJanuary 23, 2008 11:50 PM

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The Science Times is finding creative ways to compare complex social networks thoughout the animal kingdom to politics as usual.

Just as there are myriad strategies open to the human political animal with White House ambitions, so there are a number of nonhuman animals that behave like textbook politicians. Researchers who study highly gregarious and relatively brainy species like rhesus monkeys, baboons, dolphins, sperm whales, elephants and wolves have lately uncovered evidence that the creatures engage in extraordinarily sophisticated forms of politicking, often across large and far-flung social networks.

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