The ontogenetic ritualization of bonobo gestures

  title={The ontogenetic ritualization of bonobo gestures},
  author={Marta Halina and Federico Rossano and Michael Tomasello},
  journal={Animal Cognition},
Great apes communicate with gestures in flexible ways. Based on several lines of evidence, Tomasello and colleagues have posited that many of these gestures are learned via ontogenetic ritualization—a process of mutual anticipation in which particular social behaviors come to function as intentional communicative signals. Recently, Byrne and colleagues have argued that all great ape gestures are basically innate. In the current study, for the first time, we attempted to observe the process of… CONTINUE READING
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