Diet traditions and cumulative cultural processes as side-effects of grouping

@article{Post2008DietTA,
  title={Diet traditions and cumulative cultural processes as side-effects of grouping},
  author={Daniel J. van der Post and Paulien Hogeweg},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2008},
  volume={75},
  pages={133-144}
}
Social learning and cognitive sophistication are often assumed to be prerequisites for the origins of culture. In contrast, we studied to what extent the most simple social influences on individual learning can support cultural inheritance. We did this using a spatial individual-based model where group foragers have to learn what to eat in a diverse patchy environment, and used simple population dynamics to investigate the potential of ‘merely living in groups’ to allow for inheritance of diet… CONTINUE READING

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