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Research Article

The Ecological Conditions That Favor Tool Use and Innovation in Wild Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops sp.)

  • Eric M. Patterson mail,

    emp46@georgetown.edu

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., United States of America

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  • Janet Mann

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., United States of America

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  • Published: July 20, 2011
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0022243

About the Authors

Eric M. Patterson, Janet Mann
Department of Biology, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: emp46@georgetown.edu

Competing Interests

The authors have the following competing interest: Field gear was supplied at discounted rates by Airline Supply by J. Sink (http://www.airlinebyjsink.com/) and Splash Dive Center of Alexandria, VA (http://www.splashdivecenter.com/). There are no patents, products in development or marketed products to declare. This does not alter the authors' adherence to all the PLoS ONE policies on sharing data and materials, as detailed online in the guide for authors.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: EMP. Performed the experiments: EMP JM. Analyzed the data: EMP. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: EMP. Wrote the paper: EMP JM. Collected most of the data on sponging in Figure 2: JM.