Teaching in Wild Meerkats

@article{Thornton2006TeachingIW,
  title={Teaching in Wild Meerkats},
  author={A. Thornton and Katherine McAuliffe},
  journal={Science},
  year={2006},
  volume={313},
  pages={227 - 229}
}
  • A. Thornton, Katherine McAuliffe
  • Published 2006
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Science
  • Despite the obvious benefits of directed mechanisms that facilitate the efficient transfer of skills, there is little critical evidence for teaching in nonhuman animals. Using observational and experimental data, we show that wild meerkats (Suricata suricatta) teach pups prey-handling skills by providing them with opportunities to interact with live prey. In response to changing pup begging calls, helpers alter their prey-provisioning methods as pups grow older, thus accelerating learning… CONTINUE READING
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