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Cetaceans Have Complex Brains for Complex Cognition

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  • Richard C Connor,
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  • Louis M Herman,
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  • Louis Lefebvre,
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  • Esther A Nimchinsky,
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  • Estel Van der Gucht,
  • Hal Whitehead
  • Published: May 15, 2007
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.0050139

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Cetacean Culture

Posted by plosbiology on 07 May 2009 at 22:18 GMT

Author: David Sherer
Position: High School Student
Submitted Date: May 23, 2007
Published Date: May 23, 2007
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I've been studying cetaceans in-depth for a few years now and have yet to see any detailed analysis of the cultural elements they possess - until now. Since becoming involved in activism (Taiji, Whaling, etc.) I have structured many of my stronger arguments against such practices around their highly complex cognition and behavior. It's a great feeling, being able to cite this essay as support in my debates. I enjoyed it from the perspective of an aspiring cetologist as well.

David L. Sherer,
Jacksonville, FL

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