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Culture and Community: the Flow of Information in Meerkat Societies

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Stokes Society 2009 Accenture Talks

Human behaviour is largely moulded and refined in society. People learn from one another, and the resulting spread of social information plays a major role in shaping the behaviour of individuals and groups. To what extent is this true of other species? In this talk, I consider the role of social information in meerkat societies. I show that information acquired from their elders plays a critical role in allowing pups to develop critical life skills and discuss how the spread of information can lead to local traditions in different meerkat groups.

This talk is part of the Stokes Society, Pembroke College series.

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