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Tool use in animals : cognition and ecology / edited by Crickette M. Sanz, Washington University, St Louis, USA; Josep Call, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany; Christophe Boesch, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany.



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Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
  • Book
  • x, 313 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Machine generated contents note: List of contributors; Part I. Cognition of Tool Use: 1. Three ingredients for becoming a creative tool-user J. Call; 2. Ecology and cognition of tool use in chimpanzees C. Boesch; 3. Chimpanzees plan their tool use R. W. Byrne, C. M. Sanz and D. B. Morgan; Part II. Comparative Cognition: 4. Insight, imagination and invention: tool understanding in a non-tool-using corvid N. Emery; 5. Why is tool use rare in animals? G. Hunt, R. Gray and A. Taylor; 6. Understanding differences in the way human and non-human primates represent tools: the role of teleological-intentional information A. M. Ruiz and L. R. Santos; 7. Why do woodpecker finches use tools? S. Tebbich; Part III. Ecology and Culture: 8. The social context of chimpanzee tool use C. M. Sanz and D. B. Morgan; 9. Orangutan tool use and the evolution of technology E. J. M. Meulman and C. P. van Schaik; 10. The Etho-Cebus project: stone-tool use by wild capuchin monkeys E. Visalberghi and D. Fragaszy; Part IV. Archaeological Perspectives: 11. From pounding to knapping: how chimpanzees can help us model hominin lithics S. Carvalho, T. Matsuzawa and W. C. McGrew; 12. Early hominin social learning strategies underlying the use and production of bone and stone tools M. Caruana, F. d'Errico and L. Backwell; 13. Perspectives on stone tools and cognition in the early Paleolithic record S. P. McPherron; Index.
"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Sanz, Crickette Marie, 1975- editor of compilation.
Call, Josep editor of compilation.
Boesch, Christophe editor of compilation.

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