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The scope of culture in chimpanzees, humans and ancestral apes. / Whiten, Andrew.

In: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. B, Biological Sciences, Vol. 366, No. 1567, 12.04.2011, p. 997-1007.

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Whiten, A 2011, 'The scope of culture in chimpanzees, humans and ancestral apes' Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. B, Biological Sciences, vol. 366, no. 1567, pp. 997-1007. https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2010.0334

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Whiten, A. (2011). The scope of culture in chimpanzees, humans and ancestral apes. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. B, Biological Sciences, 366(1567), 997-1007. https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2010.0334

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Whiten A. The scope of culture in chimpanzees, humans and ancestral apes. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. B, Biological Sciences. 2011 Apr 12;366(1567):997-1007. https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2010.0334

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Whiten, Andrew. / The scope of culture in chimpanzees, humans and ancestral apes. In: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. B, Biological Sciences. 2011 ; Vol. 366, No. 1567. pp. 997-1007.

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