Imitation and Traditions in Wild Banded Mongooses

  title={Imitation and Traditions in Wild Banded Mongooses},
  author={Corsin A. M{\"u}ller and Michael A Cant},
  journal={Current Biology},
Evidence has accumulated in recent years indicating that traditions are not a unique feature of human societies but may be common in primates and some other mammals. However, most documented cases remain contentious because observational studies of free-living animals suffer from interpretive weaknesses, whereas social diffusion experiments performed in captivity may not reflect conditions found in nature. Here we use experiments under natural conditions to demonstrate that wild banded… CONTINUE READING