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Modelling animal behaviour in contests: conventions for resource allocation

By M. Quinn and J. Noble


The selective pressures affecting animal contest behaviour are investigated with an evolutionary simulation model. Two agents of differing fighting ability compete for control of an indivisible resource. Results indicate the evolution of coordinated behaviour that avoids unnecessary fighting. Detailed examination of one run shows the use of an arbitrary convention which makes ability irrelevant to contest outcome. Implications for theories of animal conflict are explored

Publisher: Springer-Verlag
Year: 2001
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