Power in the Wild reviewed in Nature

While visiting a wolf research park in Austria, animal behaviourist Lee Dugatkin was startled to see one male sitting on top of another, clamping its snout in its jaws. The park’s director assured him there was no harm involved, only a display of power. This theme defines Dugatkin’s engaging book, which is based on the work of many scientists with a huge range of animals from around the world, including baboons, dolphins, mongooses and ravens. “Power pervades every aspect of the social lives of animals,” he says.