Did tool-use evolve with enhanced physical cognitive abilities?

  title={Did tool-use evolve with enhanced physical cognitive abilities?},
  author={Irmgard Teschke and Claudia A. F. Wascher and Madeleine F. Scriba and Auguste M. P. von Bayern and Vaclav Huml and Bjoern M. Siemers and Sabine Tebbich},
  journal={Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences},
  • I. Teschke, C. Wascher, S. Tebbich
  • Published 19 November 2013
  • Psychology
  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
The use and manufacture of tools have been considered to be cognitively demanding and thus a possible driving factor in the evolution of intelligence. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that enhanced physical cognitive abilities evolved in conjunction with the use of tools, by comparing the performance of naturally tool-using and non-tool-using species in a suite of physical and general learning tasks. We predicted that the habitually tool-using species, New Caledonian crows and Galápagos… 

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