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Cumulative culture can emerge from collective intelligence in animal groups [Nature Communications]

Keywords : animal behaviour, behavioural ecology, social evolution

par Frédéric Magné - publié le

Studies of collective intelligence in animal groups typically overlook potential improvement through learning. Although knowledge accumulation is recognized as a major advantage of group living within the framework of Cumulative Cultural Evolution (CCE), the interplay between CCE and collective intelligence has remained unexplored. Here, we use homing pigeons to investigate whether the repeated removal and replacement of individuals in experimental groups (a key method in testing for CCE) alters the groups’ solution efficiency over successive generations.(...)

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