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Monkeys “imitate with a purpose”, matching their behaviour to others’ as a form of social learning, researchers have found. Such mimicry has previously been seen only in great apes – including humans and chimps – but now Italian researchers have recorded wonderful footage of the phenomenon in newborn rhesus macaques.

2006-09-05

 animal chimpanzee social imitation learning
Dogs "automatically imitate" the body movements of their owners, according to a study...

2010-07-28

 animal intelligence imitation evolution social dog human