Chimps Learn 'Culture' From One Another

October 1, 2014 3:44 PM

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Chimps Learn 'Culture' From One Another

Researchers who were in the right place at the right time have witnessed the spread of two tool-use behaviors among a band of wild chimpanzees, which they believe sheds light on human cultural evolution.

Scientists have long been intrigued by the differences in behavior between chimp communities, in which some use tools while others do not. These variations are described as "cultural," in that one individual learns from another, but most of the time they are established so it is difficult to determi...

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