Primate behaviour advantages

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    • A heirachy within a group exists where individuals have a place in the order of importance within a group
      • This is often shown by individuals higher up in a hierarchy receiving more food, or having rights of access to mate with other individuals
    • Social behaviour refers to that of organisms of a particular species, living together in groups with relatively defined roles for each member of the group
    • Advantages of social behaviour in primates
      • Females give birth to only one (mostly) at a time
        • This enhances survival rate as group protection and maternal care is only to one rather than 10
      • Greater ability to detect and deter predators as groups of individuals work together
      • Knowledge and protection of food sources is shared within the group
      • The young stay with the group longer, meaning they can learn by observing other members of the group and playing with them


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