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Cetacean culture: Definitions and evidence

  • Janet Mann (a1)
Abstract

Rendell and Whitehead have drawn attention to some striking cetacean behaviour patterns. However, the claims for “culture” are premature. Weak examples of cetacean social learning do not, in sum, provide strong evidence for culture. Other terms, such as social learning, vocal learning, imitation, and tradition may be applied in some cases without resorting to more complex and controversial terms.

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • ISSN: 0140-525X
  • EISSN: 1469-1825
  • URL: /core/journals/behavioral-and-brain-sciences
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