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Tipo: Articolo in rivista

Titolo: The ecology of primate material culture

Anno di pubblicazione: 2014

Autori: Koops, Kathelijne; Visalberghi, Elisabetta; van Schaik, Carel P.

Affiliazioni autori: University of Cambridge; University of Zurich; Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR); Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR)

Autori CNR:

  • ELISABETTA VISALBERGHI

Abstract: Tool use in extant primates may inform our understanding of the conditions that favoured the expansion of hominin technology and material culture. The 'method of exclusion' has, arguably, confirmed the presence of culture in wild animal populations by excluding ecological and genetic explanations for geographical variation in behaviour. However, this method neglects ecological influences on culture, which, ironically, may be critical for understanding technology and thus material culture. We review all the current evidence for the role of ecology in shaping material culture in three habitual tool-using non-human primates: chimpanzees, orangutans and capuchin monkeys. We show that environmental opportunity, rather than necessity, is the main driver. We argue that a better understanding of primate technology requires explicit investigation of the role of ecological conditions. We propose a model in which three sets of factors, namely environment, sociality and cognition, influence invention, transmission and retention of material culture.

Pagine totali: 4

Rivista:

Biology letters Royal Society,
Paese di pubblicazione: Regno Unito
Lingua: inglese
ISSN: 1744-9561

Numero volume: 10

Numero fascicolo: 11

DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2014.0508

Referee: Sė: Internazionale

Indicizzato da: ISI Web of Science (WOS) [000345465900003]

Parole chiave:

  • material culture
  • tool use
  • primates

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