Primates are living links to our past: The contribution of comparative studies with wild vervet monkeys to the field of social cognition

@article{Mertz2019PrimatesAL,
  title={Primates are living links to our past: The contribution of comparative studies with wild vervet monkeys to the field of social cognition},
  author={Justine Mertz and Anna{\"e}lle Surreault and Erica van de Waal and Jennifer Lynette Botting},
  journal={Cortex; a journal devoted to the study of the nervous system and behavior},
  year={2019}
}
By studying the behavior of nonhuman primates, particularly in wild settings, researchers have been able to investigate a range of cognitive abilities, shedding light on the evolution of certain aspects of cognition and revealing potential evolutionary precursors of many capacities considered uniquely human. Vervet monkeys (Chlorocebus pygerythrus) have been widely investigated due to their prevalence and their suitability for experimental testing in the wild with an ecologically valid approach… CONTINUE READING
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