Young vervet monkeys look to mom when learning

By Sarah Zielinski, 09:04 AM April 4, 2014

Vervet monkeys can learn from each other. Last year, Science News reported, scientists showed that young male monkeys are capable of social learning: When they leave the group in which they were born and join a new group, they can pick up behaviors from their new compatriots. “Trying to be like others is a way of bonding with another group,” said cognitive biologist Andrew Whiten of the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

Scientists call that horizontal learning, a transfer of information a...

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