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
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Behavioural Processes
One of the most widely cited cases of cultural transmission in animals is the opening of milk bottles by British birds. Bottle opening was first reported in Swaythling in 1921 and its spread from that date to 1947 was mapped by Fisher and Hinde (1949). Using data from Fisher and Hinde, this paper tests two quantitative models of cultural transmission: (1) the logistic model describing the cumulative number of bottle opening sites in the Belfast area and in the whole of the UK, and (2) the… Expand
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