Animal Innovation: An Introduction

Simon M. Reader*, Kevin N. Laland

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The goal of this chapter is to provide definitions, identify key questions related to animal innovation, and present an overview of the current trends in innovation-related research. The chapter argues that a strong case can be made for the assertions that many animals -not just humans - innovate, that innovation can be regarded as qualitatively distinct from related processes such as exploration and learning, and that innovation is likely to play important roles in the lives and evolution of many animals.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnimal Innovation
EditorsSimon Reader, Kevin Laland
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191689406
ISBN (Print)9780198526223
Publication statusPublished - 22 Mar 2012


  • Animal
  • Exploration
  • Innovation
  • Learning
  • Social transmission
  • Survivorship

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