The Emergence of Cultures among Wild Chimpanzees

  title={The Emergence of Cultures among Wild Chimpanzees},
  author={Christophe Boesch},
Culture has been granted by primatologists to the chimpanzee, on the base of the many population-specific behaviour patterns they possess. Psychologists tend to disagree arguing that individual learning constrained by ecological factors could produce the same results. After setting up some rigorous criteria to differentiate between these two opposite positions, I show that social canalization, including imitation, is important in explaining the acquisition of nut-cracking behaviour in wild… CONTINUE READING
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