The opening of milk bottles by birds: Evidence for accelerating learning rates, but against the wave-of-advance model of cultural transmission

@article{Lefebvre1995TheOO,
  title={The opening of milk bottles by birds: Evidence for accelerating learning rates, but against the wave-of-advance model of cultural transmission},
  author={Louis Lefebvre},
  journal={Behavioural Processes},
  year={1995},
  volume={34},
  pages={43-53}
}
  • L. Lefebvre
  • Published 1 May 1995
  • Business
  • Behavioural Processes

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