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Darwin Plays Game Theory—and Wins *LINK* *PIC*

A computer simulation predicts that ravens should have evolved a behavior called "gang foraging," which is then observed in real ravens.
by Andrew Grant

From the June 2009 issue, published online May 22, 2009

Game theory, the branch of mathematics best known for exploring economics, has for the first time successfully predicted animal behavior in nature. It forecast a foraging strategy for ravens that was later observed in the wild.

Game theory analyzes how people (or animals) act in situations where an individual’s success depends on both his own decisions and those of others.

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