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"Non-human great apes may not need the skill that it takes to develop cumulative culture"

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There is growing evidence for culture in non-human great apes. However, evidence for culture is widespread in the animal kingdom (e.g., bees have it – and so do fish). A different form of culture – cumulative culture – has proven much more difficult to find outside the human case. I will provide evidence consistent with the view that even non-human great apes did not develop this special form of culture – and I will also show data that pinpoints a key skill necessary for allowing cumulative culture (i.e., imitation) that they seem to lack.

This talk is part of the Madingley Lunchtime Seminars series.

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