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The last decade has witnessed remarkable discoveries and advances in our understanding of the tool using behaviour of animals. Wild populations of capuchin monkeys have been observed to crack open nuts with stone tools, similar to the skills of chimpanzees and humans. Corvids have been observed to use and make tools that rival in complexity the behaviours exhibited by the great apes. Excavations of the nut cracking sites of chimpanzees have been dated to around 4-5 thousand years ago. Tool Use in Animals collates these and many more contributions by leading scholars in psychology, biology and anthropology, along with supplementary online materials, into a comprehensive assessment of the cognitive abilities and environmental forces shaping these behaviours in taxa as distantly related as primates and corvids.
Table of Contents
List of contributors
Cognition of Tool Use:
Three ingredients for becoming a creative tool-user
Ecology and cognition of tool use in chimpanzees
Chimpanzees plan their tool use
Insight, imagination and invention: tool understanding in a non-tool-using corvid
Why is tool use rare in animals?
Understanding differences in the way human and non-human primates represent tools: the role of teleological-intentional information
Why do woodpecker finches use tools?
Ecology and Culture:
The social context of chimpanzee tool use
Orangutan tool use and the evolution of technology
The EthoCebus project: stone tool use by wild capuchin monkeys
From pounding to knapping: how chimpanzees can help us model hominin lithics
Early hominin social learning strategies underlying the use and production of bone and stone tools
Perspectives on stone tools and cognition in the early paleolithic record
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