Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Tools and primates: Opportunity, not necessity, is the mother of invention

Date:
November 11, 2014

Source:
University of Cambridge

Summary:
When food is scarce, tool use among non-human primates does not increase. This counterintuitive finding leads researchers to suggest that the driving force behind tool use is ecological opportunity -- and that the environment shapes the development of culture.


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