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January 31 2013

Chimp See, Chimp Learn: First Evidence for Chimps Improving Tool Use Techniques by Watching Others


Chimps can learn more efficient ways to use a tool by watching what others do, according to research published Jan. 30 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Shinya Yamamoto and colleagues from Kyoto University and Kent University, UK. Their study presents the first experimental evidence that chimps, like humans, can watch and learn a group member's invention of a better technique.

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