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Paris, 5 November 2014

Humans and baboons share cumulative culture ability

The ability to build up knowledge over generations, called cumulative culture, has given mankind language and technology. While it was thought to be limited to humans until now, researchers from the Laboratoire de psychologie cognitive (CNRS/AMU), working in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Edinburgh (UK), have recently found that baboons are also capable of cumulative culture. Their findings are published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B on 5 November 2014.

To download the press release: PR_Cultured baboons_CNRS

Bibliography:

Cultural evolution of systematically structured behaviour in a non-human primate, N. Claidière, K. Smith, S. Kirby, J. Fagot. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 5 November 2014.
doi: 10.1098/rspb.2014.1541

Contacts:

Researcher l Nicolas Claidière l T +33 (0)6 95 35 84 17 l nicolas.claidiere@normalesup.org
CNRS Press officer l Véronique Etienne l T +33 (0)1 44 96 51 37 l veronique.etienne@cnrs-dir.fr


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