Researchers discover new Chimpanzee ‘Toolkit’

In a new paper published in ‘Folia Primatologica’ researchers have discovered a new set of behaviors exhibited by eastern chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes shweinfurthii). This so-called new ‘toolkit’ includes, “four different kinds of tools: a long ant probe, a short probe, a thin wand, and a digging.” The tools seem to have distinct characteristics that correspond to the goal of the tool use, something that is also characterized by the radically different tool use shown by different chimpanzee populations across Africa.


Photo Credit: Cleve Hicks, The Wasmoeth Wildlife Foundation


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