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Culture extends the scope of evolutionary biology in the great apes. / Whiten, Andrew.

In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Vol. 114, No. 30, 25.07.2017, p. 7790-7797.

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Whiten, A 2017, 'Culture extends the scope of evolutionary biology in the great apes' Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 114, no. 30, pp. 7790-7797. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1620733114

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Whiten, A. (2017). Culture extends the scope of evolutionary biology in the great apes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 114(30), 7790-7797. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1620733114

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Whiten A. Culture extends the scope of evolutionary biology in the great apes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 2017 Jul 25;114(30):7790-7797. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1620733114

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Whiten, Andrew. / Culture extends the scope of evolutionary biology in the great apes. In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 2017 ; Vol. 114, No. 30. pp. 7790-7797.

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