Imitation and cultural transmission in apes and cetaceans
Andrew Whiten a1
a1 School of Psychology, University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Fife KY16 9JU, Scotlanda.email@example.com/cultures
Recent evidence suggests imitation is more developed in some cetaceans than the authors imply. Apart from apes, only dolphins have so far shown a grasp of what it is to imitate; moreover dolphins ape humans more clearly than do apes. Why have such abilities not been associated with the kind of progressive cultural complexity characteristic of humans?