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Evolution of Playlike Behaviour and the Uncoupling of Neural Locomotor Mechanisms

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Locomotion is an important component of many types of behaviour including playlike behaviour. Play and play-like behaviour result from behavioral expansion and are characterized by a high flexibility and rich repertoire of activities. In this paper the phenomenon of uncoupling of neural locomotor mechanisms and its significance for the emergence of new behavioural patterns are discussed using data from the literature. It is argued that uncoupling of central pattern generators for locomotion may have been an important mechanism in evolution allowing the emergence of richer behavioural repertoires and thus of behavioural expansion.

Affiliations: 1: Evolutionary Morphology, EEW, Leiden University, POB 9516, 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands

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