The Use of Vocal Communication in Keeping the Spatial Cohesion of Groups: Intentionality and Specific Functions

  • Rogério Grassetto Teixeira da Cunha
  • Richard W. Byrne
Part of the Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects book series (DIPR)


Spatial Cohesion Spider Monkey Common Marmoset Howler Monkey Alpha Male 
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  • Rogério Grassetto Teixeira da Cunha
  • Richard W. Byrne
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  1. 1.School of PsychologyUniversity of St. AndrewsSt. AndrewsUK

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