Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary

Is all learning innovation?

Luke Rendella1, William Hoppitta1 and Jeremy Kendala2

a1 School of Biology, University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Fife KY16 9TS, United Kingdom; ler4@st-andrews.ac.uk http://bio.st-andrews.ac.uk/staff/ler4.htm wjeh1@st-andrews.ac.uk http://bio.st-andrews.ac.uk/staff/wjeh1.htm

a2 Department of Anthropology, Durham University, Durham DH1 3HN, United Kingdom. jeremykendal@gmail.com http://www.dur.ac.uk/jeremy.kendal/index.html

Abstract

Research on animal innovation is an underdeveloped field, and for this reason we welcome the efforts Ramsey and colleagues have made to stimulate its study in wild populations. However, we feel that in attempting to find an operational definition the authors have overstretched the idea of what we should consider innovation in some areas and over-restricted it in others.

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