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Detecting social transmission of behaviour in the wild

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In recent years a number of claims have been made for nonhuman culture, in species such as chimpanzees, monkeys and dolphins. However, sceptics have argued that there is not strong evidence that such traditions are the result of social transmission of behaviour. There is clearly a need for methods that can detect social transmission in freely interacting populations of animals. I will present a number of statistical methods that colleagues and I have been developing to detect social transmission, and determine the mechanisms of transmission. I will describe how we have applied such methods to data from monkeys, chimpanzees, starlings, budgerigars and meerkats.

This talk is part of the Behaviour, Ecology & Evolution Seminar Series series.

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