Orangutan Cultures and the Evolution of Material Culture

@article{Schaik2003OrangutanCA,
  title={Orangutan Cultures and the Evolution of Material Culture},
  author={C. V. van Schaik and M. Ancrenaz and Gwendolyn Borgen and B. Galdikas and C. Knott and I. Singleton and A. Suzuki and S. Utami and M. Merrill},
  journal={Science},
  year={2003},
  volume={299},
  pages={102 - 105}
}
  • C. V. van Schaik, M. Ancrenaz, +6 authors M. Merrill
  • Published 2003
  • Geography, Medicine
  • Science
  • Geographic variation in some aspects of chimpanzee behavior has been interpreted as evidence for culture. Here we document similar geographic variation in orangutan behaviors. Moreover, as expected under a cultural interpretation, we find a correlation between geographic distance and cultural difference, a correlation between the abundance of opportunities for social learning and the size of the local cultural repertoire, and no effect of habitat on the content of culture. Hence, great-ape… CONTINUE READING

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