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Self-organisation of social systems can be observed at all levels of biological complexity, from cells to organisms and communities. Although individuals are governed by simple rules, their interactions with each other and their environment leads to complex patterns. Self-organisation and Evolution of Biological and Social Systems observes social systems ranging from simple single-celled organisms to very complex ones, such as humans. It examines groups of all sizes, from small as in certain species of primates, to very large as with some species of fish and social insects. Self-organisation is widespread throughout the animal kingdom. This book illustrates the numerous aspects that demonstrate social organisation, including group formation, task-division, foraging, dominance interactions, infant protection, language and voting. This volume is recommended reading for all academic researchers and professionals interested in the recent progress of this fascinating field.
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