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dc.contributor.authorOwen, Clare
dc.contributor.authorRendell, Luke
dc.contributor.authorConstantine, Rochelle
dc.contributor.authorNoad, Michael J.
dc.contributor.authorAllen, Jenny
dc.contributor.authorAndrews, Olive
dc.contributor.authorGarrigue, Claire
dc.contributor.authorPoole, M. Michael
dc.contributor.authorDonnelly, David
dc.contributor.authorHauser, Nan
dc.contributor.authorGarland, Ellen C.
dc.identifier.citationOwen , C , Rendell , L , Constantine , R , Noad , M J , Allen , J , Andrews , O , Garrigue , C , Poole , M M , Donnelly , D , Hauser , N & Garland , E C 2019 , ' Migratory convergence facilitates cultural transmission of humpback whale song ' , Royal Society Open Science , vol. 6 , no. 9 , 190337 .
dc.identifier.otherBibtex: urn:95639f13b0d42ff8b88adfba2ff0cbeb
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-8240-1267/work/61370150
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-1121-9142/work/61370222
dc.descriptionE.C.G. was supported by a Royal Society Newton International Fellowship and a Royal Society University Research Fellowship. L.R. was supported by the MASTS pooling initiative (The Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland) and their support is gratefully acknowledged. MASTS is funded by the Scottish Funding Council (grant reference HR09011) and contributing institutions.en
dc.description.abstractCultural transmission of behaviour is important in a wide variety of vertebrate taxa from birds to humans. Vocal traditions and vocal learning provide a strong foundation for studying culture and its transmission in both humans and cetaceans. Male humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) perform complex, culturally transmitted song displays that can change both evolutionarily (through accumulations of small changes) or revolutionarily (where a population rapidly adopts a novel song). The degree of coordination and conformity underlying song revolutions makes their study of particular interest. Acoustic contact on migratory routes may provide a mechanism for cultural revolutions of song, yet these areas of contact remain uncertain. Here, we compared songs recorded from the Kermadec Islands, a recently discovered migratory stopover, to multiple South Pacific wintering grounds. Similarities in song themes from the Kermadec Islands and multiple wintering locations (from New Caledonia across to the Cook Islands) suggest a location allowing cultural transmission of song eastward across the South Pacific, active song learning (hybrid songs) and the potential for cultural convergence after acoustic isolation at the wintering grounds. As with the correlations in humans between genes, communication and migration, the migration patterns of humpback whales are written into their songs.
dc.relation.ispartofRoyal Society Open Scienceen
dc.subjectSouth Pacificen
dc.subjectHumpback whaleen
dc.subjectCultural evolutionen
dc.subjectAnimal cultureen
dc.subjectQH301 Biologyen
dc.titleMigratory convergence facilitates cultural transmission of humpback whale songen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.sponsorThe Royal Societyen
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. Centre for Biological Diversityen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Sea Mammal Research Uniten
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Bioacoustics groupen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Marine Alliance for Science & Technology Scotlanden
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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