Migratory convergence facilitates cultural transmission of humpback whale song

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dc.contributor.author Owen, C en
dc.contributor.author Rendell, L en
dc.contributor.author Constantine, Rochelle en
dc.contributor.author Noad, MJ en
dc.contributor.author Allen, J en
dc.contributor.author Andrews, O en
dc.contributor.author Garrigue, C en
dc.contributor.author Poole, MM en
dc.contributor.author Donnelly, D en
dc.contributor.author Hauser, N en
dc.contributor.author Garland, EC en
dc.date.accessioned 2019-11-21T21:07:20Z en
dc.date.issued 2019-01-01 en
dc.identifier.citation Royal Society Open Science 6(9) 01 Jan 2019 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/49022 en
dc.description.abstract © 2019 The Authors. Published by the Royal Society under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/, which permits unrestricted use, provided the original author and source are credited. Cultural transmission of behaviour is important in a wide variety of vertebrate taxa from birds to humans. Vocal traditions and vocal learning provide a strong foundation for studying culture and its transmission in both humans and cetaceans. Male humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) perform complex, culturally transmitted song displays that can change both evolutionarily (through accumulations of small changes) or revolutionarily (where a population rapidly adopts a novel song). The degree of coordination and conformity underlying song revolutions makes their study of particular interest. Acoustic contact on migratory routes may provide a mechanism for cultural revolutions of song, yet these areas of contact remain uncertain. Here, we compared songs recorded from the Kermadec Islands, a recently discovered migratory stopover, to multiple South Pacific wintering grounds. Similarities in song themes from the Kermadec Islands and multiple wintering locations (from New Caledonia across to the Cook Islands) suggest a location allowing cultural transmission of song eastward across the South Pacific, active song learning (hybrid songs) and the potential for cultural convergence after acoustic isolation at the wintering grounds. As with the correlations in humans between genes, communication and migration, the migration patterns of humpback whales are written into their songs. en
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dc.title Migratory convergence facilitates cultural transmission of humpback whale song en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1098/rsos.190337 en
pubs.issue 9 en
pubs.volume 6 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en
pubs.publication-status Published en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/OpenAccess en
pubs.subtype Journal Article en
pubs.elements-id 784387 en
pubs.org-id Science en
pubs.org-id Biological Sciences en
dc.identifier.eissn 2054-5703 en

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