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The Biology of Traditions: Models and Evidence 1st Edition

ISBN-13: 978-0521087308
ISBN-10: 0521087309
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"Fragaszy and Perry have generated a book that is likely to reward any scientist--and certainly any behavioral scientist --interested in the nature of evidence and in relationships between appearance and reality." BioScience

"I found this book a fascinating and stimulating read. These are exciting times in the study of marine mammal behaviour, and I sincerely hope this volume will stimulate more research on this fascinating topic in our own field." Aquatic Mammals, Luke Rendell

"... A rich and comprehensive volume, grounded in traditional ethology, that offers a timely complement to a library of volumes on social learning in animals. Fragaszy and Perry have assembled some interesting and provocative contributions from some of the leading researchers in the field of social learning. Ethology

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Biology of Traditions explores socially-maintained behavioral traditions in animals other than humans. Uniquely, it treats traditions as biological phenomena amenable to comparative evaluation in the same way as other biological phenomena. It is also concerned with how widely shared features of social life and learning abilities can lead to traditions in many species. It differs from other books in its emphasis on explicit evaluation of alternative theories and methods, and in the breadth of species covered. It will be essential reading for students and researchers in behaviour, anthropology and psychology.
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