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Whitehead, Hal. Gregory Whitehead provided essential input on the first draft. Post Mills, V. Chelsea Green Publishing, 1991.
Hal Whitehead is a biologist specializing in the study of the sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus). Whitehead is professor at Dalhousie University. Other marine mammals studied by Whitehead's laboratory include beluga whales, pilot whales, northern bottlenose whales, and bottlenose dolphins.
That song, argue cetacean biologists Hal Whitehead and Luke Rendell, is the best evidence of culture in this intriguing .
That song, argue cetacean biologists Hal Whitehead and Luke Rendell, is the best evidence of culture in this intriguing family, because it is an indicator of social learning in action-communal singing evolves over time and changes radically over individuals’ lifetimes. Fascinating findings litter this sober treatise, from sperm whales snacking off fishing longlines to the ‘Star Wars vocalisation’ of dwarf minkes. Barbara Kiser Nature).
Whitehead’s and Rendell’s chapter on whale song is key to their provocative, brilliant book. We now know that these songs are evidence of what they term the first non-human cultural revolution. Humpbacks on the east coast of Australia, for instance, learn their song from those on the west coast. Filled with spermaceti oil (early hunters believed to be the animal’s semen, hence its name), it functions as the natural world’s most complex sound generator.
Author: Hal Whitehead
Category: Math and Science
Subcategory: Biological Sciences
Publisher: Chelsea Green Pub Co; First American Edition edition (March 1, 1990)
Pages: 195 pages
ePUB size: 1654 kb
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