Wild Cultures: A Comparison between Chimpanzee and Human Cultures

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Lydia Luncz was therefore able to observe how the chimpanzees were selecting hammers to crack Coula nuts in the three adjacent communities.

esbrewiperna.gq After placing gathered Coula nuts on root anvils, the chimpanzees of all three neighboring communities primarily select stones to use as hammers. However, as the nut season advances and nuts get drier and easier to crack, the chimpanzees of two of the communities select a greater proportion of wooden hammers which are easier to find in the forest, while the members of the third community continue to favor stone hammers.

Furthermore, the two communities that select wooden hammers choose distinctly different sized hammers.

Certainly more can be learned about the cultural abilities of chimpanzees in the wild by studying this specific population. Time is of the essence, however, as chimpanzees are threatened across their natural range. Ivorian and Tanzanian chimpanzees answer these questions differently, as would humans from France and China if asked how they eat rice.

Ape Culture - The Evolutionary Origins of Human Mind and Culture

Christophe Boesch takes readers into the lives of chimpanzees from different African regions, highlighting the debate about culture. His ethnography reveals how simple techniques have evolved into complex ones, how teaching styles differ, how material culture widens access to new food sources and how youngsters learn culture. This journey reveals many parallels between humans and chimpanzees and points to striking differences.

Written in a vivid and accessible style, Wild Cultures places the reader in social and ecological contexts that shed light on our twin cultures. Christophe Boesch. How do chimpanzees say, 'I want to have sex with you? How do they eat live aggressive ants?


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By using a short stick with one hand or long stick with both? Ivorian and Tanzanian chimpanzees answer these questions differently, as would humans from France and China if asked how they eat rice.

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