Publications

2015 Experimental evidence for the co-evolution of hominin tool-making, teaching and language

Morgan TJH, Uomini N, Rendell LE, Chouinard-Thuly L, Street SE, Lewis HM, Cross CP, Evans C,

Kearney R, de la Torre I, Whiten A & Laland KN
Nature Communications

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The learning of action sequences through social transmission

Whalen A, Cownden D & Laland K

Animal Cognition

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Public information use by foraging ninespine sticklebacks: Social learning or an unlearned social influence on travel direction?

Webster MM & Laland KN

Behaviour DOI:10.1163/1568539X-00003293

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Space-use and sociability are not related to public-information use in ninespine sticklebacks

Webster MM & Laland KN

Behav Ecol Sociobiol DOI 10.1007/s00265-015-1901-5

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2014 Does evolutionary theory need a rethink?

KN Laland, T Uller, MW Feldman, K Sterelny, GB Muller, A Moczek, E Jablonka & FJ Odling-Smee

Nature 514: 161-164

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Perching but not foraging networks predict the spread of novel foraging skills in starlings

Boogert NJ, Nightengale GF, Hoppitt W & Laland KN

Behavioural Processes 109: 135-144.

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The role of internal and external constructive processes in evolution

KN Laland, FJ Odling-Smee & S Turner

Journal of Physiology 592: 2413-2422

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Familiarity affects social network structure and discovery of prey patch locations in foraging stickleback shoals

Atton N, Galef BJ, Hoppitt W, Webster MM & Laland KN

Proceedings of the Royal Society B

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On evolutionary causes and evolutionary processes

Lanand KN

Behavioural Processes

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Does song complexity correlate with problem-solving performance in flacks of zebra finches?

Templeton CN, Laland, KN & Boogert, NJ

Animal Behaviour 92: 63-71

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2013 The local enhancement conundrum: in search of the adaptive value of a social learning mechanism

M Arbilly & KN Laland

Theoretical Population Biology

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The niche construction perspective: A critical appraisal

TC Scott-Phillips, KN Laland, DM Shuker, TE Dickins & SA West

Evolution. doi:10.1111/evo.12332

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The cultural evolution of technology and science

A Mesoudi, et al

In: Cultural Evolution, Richerson & Christiansen, Eds

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Niche construction, innovation and complexity

KN Laland, N Boogert & C Evans

Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions 193-216

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Tinbergen’s four questions: an appreciation and an update

P Bateson & KN Laland

Trends in Ecology and Evolution

On current utility and adaptive significance.

A response to comentary made by Randy Nesse.

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Cultural memory

KN Laland & L Rendell

Current Biology  23: R736-R740

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Human cumulative culture: a comparative perspective

L Dean, G Vale, KN Laland & RL Kendal

Biological Reviews 

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Local enhancement via eavesdropping on courtship displays in male guppies

M Webster & KN Laland

Animal Behaviour 

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Trade-offs between the strength of conformity and the number of conformists in variable environments

A Kandler & KN Laland

Journal of Theoretical Biology 

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Is non-genetic inheritance just a proximate mechanism? A corroboration of the extended exolutionary systhesis

A Mesoudi, et al

Biological Theory DOI 10.1007/s13752-013-0091-5

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Niche construction theory: A practical guide for ecologists

FJ Odling-Smee, D Erwin, E Palkovacs, MW Feldman & KN Laland

The Quarterly Review of Biology

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Developmental niche construction

E Flynn, KN Laland, RL Kendal & JR Kendal

Developmental Science

Commentaries: 1) M Thomas; 2) S Li; 3) M Gauvain; 4) Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition

The Quarterly Review of Biology.

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Environmental complexity influences association network structure and network-based diffusion of foraging information in fish shoals

M Webster, N Atton, W Hoppitt & KN Laland

The American Naturalist

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The learning mechanism underlying public information use in ninespine sticklebacks (Pungitius pungitius)

MM Webster & KN Laland

Journal of Comparative Psychology

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More on how and why: cause and effect in biology revisited

KN Laland, J Odling-Smee, W Hoppitt & T Uller

Biology and Philosophy 

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More on how and why: a response to commentaries

KN Laland, J Odling-Smee, W Hoppitt & T Uller

Biology and Philosophy

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2012 Identification of the social and cognitive processes underlying human cumulative culture

LG Dean, RL Kendal, SJ Schapiro, B Thierry & KN Laland

Science

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Mental time travel, memory and the social learning strategies tournament

L Fogarty, L Rendell & KN Laland

Learning and Motivation 

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Information flow through threespine stickleback networks without social transmission

N Atton, W Hoppitt, MM Webster, BG Galef & KN Laland

Proceedings of the Royal Society B

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Cultural niche construction: an introduction

KN Laland
& M O’Brien

Biological Theory

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Identification of learning mechanisms in a wild meerkat population

W Hoppitt, J Samson, KN Laland & A Thornton

PLos One

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Ecological inheritance and cultural inheritance: What are they and how do they differ?

J Odling-Smee & KN Laland

Biological Theory

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Transmission fidelity is the key to the build-up of cumulative culture

HM Lewis & KN Laland

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B

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Genes, culture and agriculture: An example of human niche construction

MJ O’Brien & KN Laland

Current Anthropology

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The biological bases of conformity

TJH Morgan & KN Laland

Frontiers in Neuroscience

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Social information, conformity and the opportunity costs paid by foraging fish

MM Webster & K Laland

Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology

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The importance of space in models of social learning, cultural evolution and niche construction

L Fogarty, L Rendell & KN Laland

Advances in Complex Systems

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Adaptive strategies for cumulative cultural learning

M Ehn & KN Laland

Journal of Theoretical Biology

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The evolutionary basis of human social learning

TJH Morgan, LE Rendell, M Ehn, W Hoppitt & KN Laland

Proc. R Soc. B 279: 653-662

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Culture Evolves

A Whiten, RA Hinde, CB Stringer & KN Laland (eds)

Oxford University Press

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2011 Sense and Nonsense: Evolutionary Perspectives on Human Behaviour, Second Edition

KN Laland & GR Brown

Oxford University Press

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Fish Cognition and Behavior, Second Edition

C Brown, KN Laland & J Krause (eds).

Oxford: Blackwell Science

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Cause and effect in biology revisited: Is Mayr’s proximate-ultimate dichotomy still useful?

KN Laland, K Sterelny, J Odling-Smee, W Hoppitt and T Uller

Science 334: 1512-1516

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Small town utopia

KN Laland

Nature 477: 160

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Sex ratio affects sex-specific innovation and learning in captive ruffed lemurs

LG Dean, RL Kendal, WJE Hoppitt & KN Laland

American Journal of Prmatology 73: 1-12

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Darwin in mind: New opportunities for evolutionary psychology

J
Bolhuis,G Brown, R Richardson & KN Laland

PLoS Biology 9(7): e1001109. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001109

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The evolution of teaching

L
Fogarty, P Strimling & Laland KN  

Evolution 65: 2760-2770

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How copying affects the amount, evenness and persistence of cultural knowledge: insights from the social learning strategies tournament

L Rendell, R Boyd, M Enquist, MW Feldman, L Fogarty & KN Laland

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 366: 1118-1128

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Cause and context in the biological sciences

KN Laland

Behavioral Ecology 22: 233-234

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Culture evolves

A Whiten, R Hinde, KN Laland & C Stringer

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 366: 938-948

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The evolution of primate general and cultural intelligence

S Reader, Y Hager & KN Laland

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 366: 1017-1027

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From fish to fashion: experimental and theoretical insights into the evolution of culture

KN Laland, N Atton & MM Webster

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 366: 958-968

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Do energy allocations affect work performance?: the working energy/take-home energy trade-off hypothesis

RA Levin, SL Saturay & KN Laland

In Levin et al (eds), Work Meets Life

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Niche construction and human behavioural ecology: tools for understanding work

KN Laland & G Brown

In Levin et al (eds), Work Meets Life

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Runaway cultural niche construction

L Rendell, L Fogarty & KN Laland

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 366: 823-835

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Cognitive culture: theoretical and empirical insights into social learning strategies

L Rendell, L Fogarty, W Hoppitt, T. Morgan, MM Webster & KN Laland

Trends in Cognitive Sciences 15: 68-76

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Detection social learning using networks: A users guide

W Hoppitt & KN Laland

American Journal of Primatology 72: 1-11

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Evolutionary accounts of human behavioural diversity

G Brown, T Dickins, R Sear & KN Laland

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 366: 313-324

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2010 Why copy others? Insights from the Social Learning Strategies Tournament

L Rendell, R Boyd, D Cownden, M Enquist, K Eriksson, MW Feldman, L Fogarty,

S Ghirlanda, T Lillicrap & KN Laland
Science 328: 208-213

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Reproductive state affects reliance on public information in sticklebacks

MM Webster & KN Laland

Proceedings of the Royal Society B doi: 10.1098/rspb.2010.1562

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Niche construction theory and archaeology

KN Laland & MJ O’Brien

Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 

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One cultural parent makes no culture

M Enquist, P Strimling, K Eriksson, KN Laland & J Sjostrand

Animal Behaviour 79: 1353-1362

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Conformist learning in nine-spined sticklebacks’ foraging decisions

TW Pike & KN Laland

Biology Letters

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The effect of task structure on diffusion dynamics: Implications for diffusion curve and network-based analyses

WJE Hoppitt, A Kandler, JR Kendal & KN Laland

Learning & Behavior 38: 243-251

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Learning by proportional observation in a species of fish

TW Pike, JR Kendal, LE Rendell & KN Laland

Behavioral Ecology

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Detecting social transmission in networks

WJE Hoppitt, NJ Boogert & KN Laland

Journal of Theoretical Biology 263: 544-55

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How culture shaped the human genome: Bringing genetics and the human sciences together

KN Laland, J Odling-Smee & S Myles

Nature Reviews Genetics 11: 137-148

doi:10.1038/nrg2734

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Roger’s paradox recast and resolved: Population structure and the evolution of social learning strategies

L Rendell, L Fogarty & KN Laland

Evolution 64: 534-548

doi:10.1111/j.1558-5646.2009.00817.x

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2009 Adaptive Trade-offs in the Use of Social and Personal Information

RL Kendal, I Coolen & KN Laland

In Dukas R & Ratcliffe JM (eds). Cognitive Ecology II pp. 249-271

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Identifying social learning in animal populations: A new ‘option-bias’ method

RL Kendal, JR Kendal, WJE Hoppitt & KN Laland

PloSOne 4(8): e6541

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From traditional medicine to witchcraft: Why medical treatments are not always efficacious

MM Tanaka, JR Kendal & KN Laland

PLoSOne 4(4): e5192

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Size-dependent directed social learning in nine-spined sticklebacks

GA Duffy, TW Pike & KN Laland

Animal Behaviour, doi: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2009.05.015

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An investigation of the relationship between innovation and cultural diversity

A Kandler & KN Laland

Theoretical Population Biology 76: 59-67

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The evolution of social learning rules: Payoff-biased and frequency-dependent biased transmission

JR Kendal, LA Giraldeau & KN Laland

Journal of Theoretical Biology, doi: 10.1016/j.jtbi.2009.05.029

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Bateman’s principles and human sex roles

GR Brown, KN Laland & M Borgerhoff-Mulder

Trends in Ecology and Evolution, doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2009.02.005

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Niche-construction, co-evolution and biodiversity

KN Laland & NJ Boogert

Ecological Economics, doi: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2008.11.014

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Conceptual barriers to progress within evolutionary biology

KN Laland, FJ Odling-Smee, MW Feldman & JR Kendal

Foundations of Science 4: 195-216

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Nine-spined sticklebacks deploy a hill-climbing social learning strategy

JR Kendal, L Rendall, TW Pike & KN Laland

Behavioral Ecology 20: 238-244

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The Question of Animal Culture

KN Laland & BG Galef Jr

Harvard University Press

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2008
Social processes influencing learning in animals:
A review of the evidence

WJE Hoppitt & KN Laland

Advances in the Study of Behavior 38: 105-165

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EvoDevo and niche construction: Building bridges

KN Laland, FJ Odling-Smee & SF Gilbert

Journal of Experimental Zoology, Part B 310B: 549-566

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Association patterns and foraging behaviour in
natural and artificial guppy shoals

LJ Morrell, DP Croft, JRG Dyer, BB Chapman, JL Kelley, KN Laland & J Krause

Animal Behaviour 76: 855-864

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Social learning strategies and predation risk:
minnows copy only when using private information
would be costly

MM Webster & KN Laland

Proceedings of the Royal Society B 275: 2869-2876

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Exploring gene-culture interactions: insights
from handedness, sexual selection and
niche-construction case studies.

KN Laland

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 363: 3577-3589

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Lessons from animal teaching

WJE Hoppitt, GR Brown, R Kendal, L Rendell, A Thornton, MM Webster & KN Laland

Trends in Ecology and Evolution 23: 486-493

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The Niche Construction Perspective: Implications for Evolution and Human Behaviour.

KN Laland, JR Kendal & GR Brown

Journal of Evolutionary Psychology 1-4: 51-66

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Quantifying and modeling social learning processes in monkey populations.

RL Kendal, JR Kendal & KN Laland

International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy 7: 123-138

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An unlikely defence of evolutionary psychology.

KN Laland

Metascience 16: 5-13

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Niche construction, human behavioural ecology and evolutionary psychology.

KN Laland

In Dunbar R & Barrett L (eds). Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology pp. 35-47

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  The origin and spread of innovations in starlings

NJ Boogert, SM Reader, WJE Hoppitt & KN Laland

Animal Behaviour 75: 1509-1518

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  Animal cultures

KN Laland

Current Biology 18: R366-R370

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  The effects of group size, rate of turnover and disruption to demonstration on the stability of foraging traditions in fish

EL Stanley, RL Kendal, JR Kendal, S Grounds &K N Laland

Animal Behaviour 75: 565-572

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  Diet-specific chemical cues influence association preferences and prey patch use in a shoaling fish

MM Webster, L Adams & KN Laland

Animal Behaviour 76: 17-23

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2007 Culturally transmitted paternity beliefs and the evolution of human mating behaviour

A Mesoudi &K N Laland

Proceedings of the Royal Society B 274: 1273-1278

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Response facilitation in the domestic fowl

WJE Hoppitt, L Blackburn & KN Laland

Animal Behaviour 73: 229-238

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2006 Fish Cognition and Behavior

KN Laland, C Brown & J Krause

Blackwell Publishing

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Niche construction, human behavior, and the adaptive-lag hypothesis

KN Laland & GR Brown

Evolutionary Anthropology 15: 95-104

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Seven reasons (not) to neglect niche construction

KN Laland & K Sterelny

Evolution 60: 1751-1762

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Social Information Transmission and Human Biology

J Wells, S Strickland & KN Laland

Taylor and Francis

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The animal cultures debate

KN Laland & VM Janik

Trends in Ecology and Evolution 21: 542-547

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The implications of niche construction and ecosystem engineering for conservation biology

NJ Boogert, DM Paterson & KN Laland

Bioscience 56: 569-577

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The relationship between social rank, neophobia and individual learning in starlings

N Boogert, SM Reader & KN Laland

Animal Behaviour 72: 1229-1239

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Towards a unified science of cultural evolution

A Mesoudi, A Whiten & KN Laland

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 29: 329-383

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2005 Age differences in neophilia, exploration, and innovation in family groups of Callitrichid monkeys

RL Kendal, RL Coe & KN Laland

American Journal of Primatology 66: 167-188

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Foraging nine-spined sticklebacks prefer to rely on public information over simpler social cues

I Coolen, AJW Ward, P Hart & KN Laland

Behavioural Ecology 16: 865-870

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On the breadth and significance of niche construction. A reply to Griffiths, Okasha and Sterelny

KN Laland, FJ Odling-Smee & MW Feldman

Biology and Philosophy 20: 37-55

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Social learning in animals: Empirical studies and theoretical models

BG Galef Jr & KN Laland

Bioscience 55: 489-499

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Social structure and co-operative interactions in a wild population of guppies (Poecilia reticulata)

DP Croft, R James, P Thomas, C Hathaway, D Mawdsley, KN Laland & J Krause

Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 59: 644-650

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Why not use public information?

KN Laland, I Coolen &, RL Kendal

Science 308: 354

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2004 Nine-spined sticklebacks exploit the most reliable source when public and private information conflict

Y Van Bergen, I Coolen & KN Laland

Proceedings of the Royal Society B 271: 957-962

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Social learning strategies

KN Laland

Learning and Behavior 32: 4-14

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Social learning, innovation and intelligence in fish

Y van Bergen, W Hoppitt & KN Laland

In Comparative vertebrate cognition: Are primates superior to nonprimates? pp.141-168

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2003 Do animals have culture?

KN Laland & WJE Hoppitt

Evolutionary Anthropology 12: 150-159

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Niche Construction: The Neglected Process in Evolution

FJ Odling-Smee, KN Laland & MW Feldman

Princeton University Press

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Social learning of foraging sites and escape routes in wild Trinidadian guppies

SM Reader, JR Kendal & KN Laland

Animal Behaviour 66: 729-739

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