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Diffusion dynamics of socially learned foraging techniques in squirrel monkeys

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Diffusion dynamics of socially learned foraging techniques in squirrel monkeys. / Claidiere, Nicolas; Messer, Emily Jane Elizabeth; Whiten, Andrew; Hoppitt, William John Edward.

In: Current Biology, Vol. 23, No. 13, 08.07.2013, p. 1251-1255.

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Claidiere, N, Messer, EJE, Whiten, A & Hoppitt, WJE 2013, 'Diffusion dynamics of socially learned foraging techniques in squirrel monkeys' Current Biology, vol 23, no. 13, pp. 1251-1255. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2013.05.036

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Claidiere, N., Messer, E. J. E., Whiten, A., & Hoppitt, W. J. E. (2013). Diffusion dynamics of socially learned foraging techniques in squirrel monkeys. Current Biology, 23(13), 1251-1255. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2013.05.036

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Claidiere N, Messer EJE, Whiten A, Hoppitt WJE. Diffusion dynamics of socially learned foraging techniques in squirrel monkeys. Current Biology. 2013 Jul 8;23(13):1251-1255. Available from, DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2013.05.036

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Claidiere, Nicolas; Messer, Emily Jane Elizabeth; Whiten, Andrew; Hoppitt, William John Edward / Diffusion dynamics of socially learned foraging techniques in squirrel monkeys.

In: Current Biology, Vol. 23, No. 13, 08.07.2013, p. 1251-1255.

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