Thursday, 31 January 2013

Chimpanzee cumulative cultural evolution

"Cumulative cultural evolution" has been identified by many authors as the thing that sets humans apart from animals. Animals have culturee - but it doesn't "add up" - supposedly. However the alternative hypothesis - that non-human animals have cumulative cultural evolution, but a low "complexity ceiling" has been poorly explored. Some recent articles weigh in on the topic:

It looks as though non-human animal culture does "add up" - but rarely gets very far.

Update 2014-11-06:


Update 2017-06-04:

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