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Simon M. Reader and Kevin N. Laland

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198526223

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198526223.001.0001

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Animal Innovation: An Introduction

Animal Innovation: An Introduction

(p.3) Chapter 1 Animal Innovation: An Introduction
Animal Innovation

Simon M. Reader

Kevin N. Laland

Oxford University Press

The goal of this chapter is to provide definitions, identify key questions related to animal innovation, and present an overview of the current trends in innovation-related research. The chapter argues that a strong case can be made for the assertions that many animals — not just humans — innovate, that innovation can be regarded as qualitatively distinct from related processes such as exploration and learning, and that innovation is likely to play important roles in the lives and evolution of many animals.

Keywords:   animal, innovation, social transmission, survivorship, exploration, learning

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