Chimps experience Cultural Revolution by sharing new tools

October 2, 2014 1:08 PM

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Chimps experience Cultural Revolution by sharing new tools

Chimpanzees are able to learn how to use tools when shown how to operate the items by other chimps in the wild, according to a new study. This is the first time that social learning of this type has been seen in the animal's natural environment.

The Sonso chimpanzee community, which resides in the Budongo Forest of Uganda, was the subject of the new study. Researchers wanted to know how they developed a pair of unique tool-using techniques, unseen elsewhere in the wild.

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