De novo establishment of wild-type song culture in the zebra finch

@article{Feher2009DeNE,
  title={De novo establishment of wild-type song culture in the zebra finch},
  author={O. Feher and Haibin Wang and S. Saar and P. Mitra and O. Tchernichovski},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2009},
  volume={459},
  pages={564 - 568}
}
Culture is typically viewed as consisting of traits inherited epigenetically, through social learning. However, cultural diversity has species-typical constraints, presumably of genetic origin. A celebrated, if contentious, example is whether a universal grammar constrains syntactic diversity in human languages. Oscine songbirds exhibit song learning and provide biologically tractable models of culture: members of a species show individual variation in song and geographically separated groups… Expand
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