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Can naïve chimpanzees use tools?

Bandini, Elisa (2015) Can naïve chimpanzees use tools? In: University of Birmingham Graduate School Research Poster Conference 2015, 16th June 2015, University of Birmingham. (Unpublished)

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Algae scooping is a behaviour in which wild chimpanzees in Bossou (Guinea) use tools to feed on aquatic algae by scooping and wrapping algae round the stick. Algae scooping has been suggested to require social learning to develop due to its rarity across other chimpanzee sites in Africa and differences in techniques within the community of Bossou. Here we argue that algae scooping does not necessarily require social transmission to develop but instead is within the chimpanzee’s ‘Zone of Latent Solutions’: their cognitive repertoire.

Type of Work:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
Department:School of Psychology
Date:June 2015
Series/Collection Name:Prizewinners from the Graduate School Research Poster Conference 2015
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
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Copyright Holders:The Author
ID Code:2109

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