Wolf packs don’t need to cooperate to make a kill
This apparent ambush may require neither planning nor communication between wolves. According to a new computer model, a virtual wolf pack can replicate a real pack’s behaviour by obeying just two rules, suggesting that the wolf’s hunting strategy does not need much brain power.“
Stupid title – an unneccessarily anthropomorphic notion of cooperation – cooperation may just be a fancy way of describing the behaviours we see in this example. What’s fascinating is that neither the NS nor the researchers have picked up on the blindingly obvious resemblance to Reynold’s flocking rules:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flocking_(behavior) http://www.red3d.com/cwr/boids/
Scientists, eh? People who know more and more about less and less. Heads up, dudes!