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Mental template matching is a potential cultural transmission mechanism for New Caledonian crow tool manufacturing traditions

Jelbert, Sarah A.; Hosking, R J; Taylor, A H; Gray, Russell D


Cumulative cultural evolution occurs when social traditions accumulate improvements over time. In humans cumulative cultural evolution is thought to depend on a unique suite of cognitive abilities, including teaching, language and imitation. Tool-making New Caledonian crows show some hallmarks of cumulative culture; but this claim is contentious, in part because these birds do not appear to imitate. One alternative hypothesis is that crows' tool designs could be culturally transmitted through a...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Scientific Reports
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-27405-1
Access Rights: Open Access


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