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7 cultured animals that share knowledge

By: Bryan Nelson on May 9, 2011, 11:08 a.m.
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We're not alone

Culture and the ability to transmit novel learned behavior from one generation to the next was once believed to be a trait unique to humans. But animal research over the last 75 years has revealed a plethora of examples of novel invention, creative intelligence and cultural transmission throughout the animal kingdom. In fact, the types of creatures that exhibit culture are so varied that researchers are beginning to suspect that culture may be far more common in nature than we ever thought possible. Here's our list of seven examples of cultural animals. (Text: Bryan Nelson)