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Reference: Haslam, M, Luncz, LV, Staff, Richard et al., (2016). Pre-Columbian monkey tools. Current Biology, 26 (13), R521-R522.Citable link to this page:

 

Pre-Columbian monkey tools

Abstract: Stone tools reveal worldwide innovations in human behaviour over the past three million years [1]. However, the only archaeological report of pre-modern non-human animal tool use comes from three Western chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes verus) sites in Côte d'Ivoire, aged between 4.3 and 1.3 thousand years ago (kya) [2]. This anthropocentrism limits our comparative insight into the emergence and development of technology, weakening our evolutionary models [3]. Here, we apply archaeological techniques to a distinctive stone tool assemblage created by a non-human animal in the New World, the Brazilian bearded capuchin monkey (Sapajus libidinosus). Wild capuchins at Serra da Capivara National Park (SCNP) use stones to pound open defended food, including locally indigenous cashew nuts [4], and we demonstrate that this activity dates back at least 600 to 700 years. Capuchin stone hammers and anvils are therefore the oldest non-human tools known outside of Africa, opening up to scientific scrutiny questions on the origins and spread of tool use in New World monkeys, and the mechanisms - social, ecological and cognitive - that support primate technological evolution.

Publication status:PublishedPeer Review status:Peer reviewedVersion:Accepted ManuscriptNotes:Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. This is the accepted manuscript version of the article. The final version is available online from Elsevier at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2016.05.046

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Publisher: Cell Press

Publisher Website: http://www.cell.com/

Journal: Current Biologysee more from them

Publication Website: http://www.current-biology.com/

Volume: 26

Issue: 13

Extent: R521-R522

Issue Date: 11 July 2016

pages:R521-R522Identifiers

Doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2016.05.046

Issn: 1879-0445

Uuid: 5166694e-d1c5-41b1-94d2-3aed939ac28e

Urn: uri:5166694e-d1c5-41b1-94d2-3aed939ac28e

Pubs-id: 634224 Item Description

Type: journal-article;

Language: eng

Version: Accepted ManuscriptKeywords: Letter

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Autor: Haslam, M - - - Luncz, LV - Oxford, SSD, School of Archaeology fundingEuropean Research Council grantNumber283959 PRIMARCH - - -

Fuente: https://ora.ox.ac.uk/objects/uuid:5166694e-d1c5-41b1-94d2-3aed939ac28e



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