Evolution of social learning does not explain the origin of human cumulative culture.

@article{Enquist2007EvolutionOS,
  title={Evolution of social learning does not explain the origin of human cumulative culture.},
  author={Magnus Enquist and Stefano Ghirlanda},
  journal={Journal of theoretical biology},
  year={2007},
  volume={246 1},
  pages={
          129-35
        }
}
Because culture requires transmission of information between individuals, thinking about the origin of culture has mainly focused on the genetic evolution of abilities for social learning. Current theory considers how social learning affects the adaptiveness of a single cultural trait, yet human culture consists of the accumulation of very many traits. Here we introduce a new modeling strategy that tracks the adaptive value of many cultural traits, showing that genetic evolution favors only… CONTINUE READING

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