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Type of publication: Journal Article
Type of document: Full Paper

Year: 2010

Authors: Danchin, E; Blanchet, S; Mery, F; Wagner, RH

Title: Do invertebrates have culture?

Source: Commun Integr Biol. 2010; 3(4):303-305

Authors Vetmeduni Vienna:

Wagner Richard

Vetmed Research Units
Konrad Lorenz Institute of Ethology

A recent paper in Current Biology1 showed for the first time that female invertebrates (Drosophila melanogaster) can perform mate choice copying. Here, we discuss how female mating preferences in this species may be transmitted culturally. If culture occurs in invertebrates, it may be a relatively ancient evolutionary process that may have contributed to the evolution of many different taxa. This would considerably broaden the taxonomic range of cultural processes and suggest the need to include cultural inheritance in all animals into the general theory of evolution.2-4.

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