Folktale transmission in the Arctic provides evidence for high bandwidth social learning among hunter-gatherer groups. / Ross, Robert; Atkinson, Quentin.

In: Evolution and Human Behavior, Vol. 37, No. 1, 01.2016, p. 47-53.

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Folktale transmission in the Arctic provides evidence for high bandwidth social learning among hunter-gatherer groups. / Ross, Robert; Atkinson, Quentin.

In: Evolution and Human Behavior, Vol. 37, No. 1, 01.2016, p. 47-53.

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Ross, Robert ; Atkinson, Quentin. / Folktale transmission in the Arctic provides evidence for high bandwidth social learning among hunter-gatherer groups. In: Evolution and Human Behavior. 2016 ; Vol. 37, No. 1. pp. 47-53.

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