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2011-08-01 08:45:00

Research shows large-scale cooperation may have begun with fear of punishment By Bobbie Mixon, NSF "Cooperation and Punishment" sounds like it could be the title of a hit television program, especially when the bit about stealing cows is added. But instead it's the theoretical basis of new research that looks at how members of early human societies learned to work together in large groups. In a study supported by the National Science Foundation, Sarah Mathew and Robert Boyd, anthropologists...


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call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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