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Published on May 15, 2012
Culture has long been proposed to be a distinguishing feature of the human species. Now for the first time, cultural differences between directly neighboring chimpanzee groups have been found in the wild and are reported by scientists of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. The movies shows a group of chimps from the Taï chimpanzee project field site in Côte d'Ivoire cracking nuts with a wooden hammer. Other groups in direct vicinity use stone tools, however, demonstrating cultural differences that cannot be attributed to ecological or genetic differences.
More information: www.mpg.de/5773119/Chimpanzee_tool_use