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Emma G. Flynn, Kevin N. Laland, Rachel L. Kendal and Jeremy R. Kendal Target Article with Commentaries: Developmental niche construction Developmental Science 16

Version of Record online: 23 FEB 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/desc.12030

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Niche construction is the modification of components of the environment through an organism's activities. Humans modify their environments mainly through ontogenetic and cultural processes. It is this reliance on learning, plasticity and culture that lends human niche construction a special potency as the constructed niche is ecologically inherited between generations t and t+1. In this paper we aim to facilitate discussion between researchers interested in niche construction and those interested in human development by highlighting some of the related processes.

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