The culture of apes and other animals

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Publication Date

2013 James Black Prize Lecture

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We humans acquire so much of our behaviour from the culture we are brought up in that one might suppose this separates us from the rest of nature. A rapidly growing array of animal studies shows instead that learning from others is widespread and in some species creates surprisingly rich local cultures.

In this lecture, Professor Andrew Whiten FRSE highlights recent discoveries in primates and other species, revealing animal culture as a ‘second inheritance system’ in biology that complements the better-known results of genetic inheritance.


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