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Nut-Cracking Chimps: First Primate Archaeological Dig Uncovers New Tool Development Links

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May 24, 2002
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A study of chimpanzees' use of hammers to open nuts in western Africa may provide fresh clues to how tools developed among human ancestors. A paper published in the May 24 issue of the journal Science documents the first archaeological examination of a non-human primate workplace and establishes new links between the use of tools by chimpanzees and similar developments among human ancestors (hominids).

A study of chimpanzees' use of hammers to open nuts in western Africa may provide fresh clues to how tools developed among human ancestors.


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National Science Foundation. (2002, May 24). Nut-Cracking Chimps: First Primate Archaeological Dig Uncovers New Tool Development Links. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 18, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/05/020524073245.htm
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