Biological Theory

, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 99–102 | Cite as

Social Behavior: From Cooperation to Language

  • Sara MitriEmail author
  • Julien Hubert
  • Markus Waibel
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.EPFL-STI-IMT-LIS, Station 11Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de LausanneLausanneSwitzerland

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