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10 - Progress and Prospects in Primate Tool Use and Cognition

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  28 July 2022

Bennett L. Schwartz
Florida International University
Michael J. Beran
Georgia State University
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We review the main ecological and socio-cognitive hypotheses explaining the origin and evolution of tool use in primates. Whereas it is clear that recent studies have deepened our understanding of tool use in several domains, a more integrated approach will be necessary to further advance the field and place this information into a broader evolutionary context. We suggest a combined Comparative Socio-ecological and Developmental Approach (CSDA), which incorporates phylogenetic and ontogenetic perspectives with the ecological and socio-cognitive drivers of tool use as a means to clarify the integrated mechanisms that promote the emergence and maintenance of tool-using skills in primates, including humans.

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Save book to Dropbox

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Save book to Google Drive

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