Researchers studying chimpanzees have found that the animals construct and make use of a number of different tools, not just for procuring food but also for other tasks as well, including satisfying their curiosity by prodding a camera that was kept to record the video footage of the animals.
"This study is part of a big ongoing research project. The next stages will involve looking at social opportunities to learn: how much time do youngsters spend within arm's length of other individuals; how much time do they spend close to their mother; as well as innate predispositions to explore and engage with objects," said Koops.
AdvertisementA video clip from the Kalinzu Forest in Uganda, where Koops is currently conducting comparative studies on East African chimpanzees, captures a male chimpanzee seemingly looking on enviously at a female who has managed to construct a much better dipping tool than his own and is feasting heartily as a consequence (VIDEO 2). Koops suggests this kind of observing of other individuals may lead to learning within a chimpanzee community.
"By studying our closest living relatives we gain a window into the evolutionary past which allows us to shed light on the origins of human technology and material culture,'' added Koops.A link to the paper can be found here: onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)1098-2345/earlyview