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dc.contributor.authorWhitehead, Hal
dc.contributor.authorLaland, Kevin N.
dc.contributor.authorRendell, Luke
dc.contributor.authorThorogood, Rose
dc.contributor.authorWhiten, Andrew
dc.identifier.citationWhitehead , H , Laland , K N , Rendell , L , Thorogood , R & Whiten , A 2019 , ' The reach of gene-culture coevolution in animals ' , Nature Communications , vol. 10 , 2405 .
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dc.description.abstractCulture (behaviour based on socially transmitted information) is present in diverse animal species, yet how it interacts with genetic evolution remains largely unexplored. Here, we review the evidence for gene–culture coevolution in animals, especially birds, cetaceans and primates. We describe how culture can relax or intensify selection under different circumstances, create new selection pressures by changing ecology or behaviour, and favour adaptations, including in other species. Finally, we illustrate how, through culturally mediated migration and assortative mating, culture can shape population genetic structure and diversity. This evidence suggests strongly that animal culture plays an important evolutionary role, and we encourage explicit analyses of gene–culture coevolution in nature.
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dc.subjectQH301 Biologyen
dc.subjectQH426 Geneticsen
dc.titleThe reach of gene-culture coevolution in animalsen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Biologyen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Centre for Social Learning & Cognitive Evolutionen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Psychology and Neuroscienceen
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