chapter  9
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Experimental approaches to the study of culture in primates


The topic of culture in nonhumans has received a lot of attention in recent years, and perhaps this is not surprising. The idea that other animals-apes, monkeys, and maybe even rats and fish-may show a semblance of a trait that we consider to be so fundamentally human, is both exciting and controversial. Dialogue between enthusiastic advocates of animal culture on the one hand, and wary sceptics on the other, has therefore generated a fruitful intellectual atmosphere, and spawned a broad, rich, scientific literature on the topic.