A sound approach to the study of culture

L G Barrett-Lennard, V B Deecke, H Yurk, J K B Ford

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Rendell and Whitehead's thorough review dispels notions that culture is an exclusive faculty of humans and higher primates. We applaud the authors, but differ with them regarding the evolution of cetacean culture, which we argue resulted from the availability of abundant but spatially and temporally patchy prey such as schooling fish. We propose two examples of gene-culture coevolution: (1) acoustic abilities and acoustic traditions, and (2) transmission of environmental information and longevity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)325-326
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2001


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