Data from: Kinship of long-term associates in the highly social sperm whale

Joel G Ortega-Ortiz, Daniel Engelhaupt, Martha Winsor, Bruce R Mate & A Rus Hoelzel
The evolution of stable social groups can be promoted by both indirect and direct fitness benefits. Sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) are highly social, with a hierarchical social structure based around core groups of adult females and sub-adults, a rare level of complexity among mammals. We combined long-term satellite tracking (ranging from 11 to 607 days) of 51 individual sperm whales with genetic kinship analysis to assess the pattern of kin associations within and among coherent...
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