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The evolution and development of cooperation in mammalian societies

Objective

The aim of this project is to understand the distribution and evolution of cooperative behaviour and social organisation in mammals. One component of the project will focus on interspecific differences and will use a recently developed, gene-based phylogeny to reconstruct the evolution of social organisation and cooperative behaviour while a second will use detailed studies of two mammals where cooperation is highly developed (Kalahari meerkats and Damaraland mole-rats) to investigate the causes and consequences of individual differences in cooperative behaviour and the mechanisms that affect them. The project will provide insight into the evolution of animal societies and the origins of human social behaviour.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/zoology/mammalogy
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biological morphology/comparative morphology

Call for proposal

ERC-2011-ADG_20110310
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Funding Scheme

ERC-AG - ERC Advanced Grant

Host institution

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARSOF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
Address
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 2 497 442,80
Principal investigator
Timothy Hugh Clutton-Brock (Prof.)
Administrative Contact
Renata Schaeffer (Ms.)

Beneficiaries (1)

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARSOF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 2 497 442,80
Address
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Principal investigator
Timothy Hugh Clutton-Brock (Prof.)
Administrative Contact
Renata Schaeffer (Ms.)