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Animals learn by observing others

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Animals learn by observing others. Social learning  is learning through observing others. Social learning forms the roots of culture, which can be defined as a system of  information transfer through social learning or teaching. Cultural transfer of information has the potential to alter behavioral phenotypes  and influence the fitness of individuals. Social learning is not restricted to humans. In many species, mate choice is strongly influenced by social learning. Mate choice copying,  a behavior in which individuals in a population copy the  mate choices of others, has been extensively studied in the guppy Poecilia reticulata. Female guppies prefer to mate with males having a high percentage of orange  coloration. However, if a female sees another female engaging in courtship with a male with  relatively little orange, she will choose a male with little orange herself.
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