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Nature 437, 52-55 (1 September 2005) | doi:10.1038/nature04023

The second inheritance system of chimpanzees and humans

Andrew Whiten1

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Half a century of dedicated field research has brought us from ignorance of our closest relatives to the discovery that chimpanzee communities resemble human cultures in possessing suites of local traditions that uniquely identify them. The collaborative effort required to establish this picture parallels the one set up to sequence the chimpanzee genome, and has revealed a complex social inheritance system that complements the genetic picture we are now developing.

  1. Centre for Social Learning and Cognitive Evolution, and Scottish Primate Research Group, School of Psychology, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9JP, UK

Correspondence to: Andrew Whiten1 Correspondence and requests for materials should be addressed to A.W. (Email: a.whiten@st-and.ac.uk).

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