Primates and the Origin of Culture

Abstract

Clues to the origins of culture may lie in the diversity of behaviour seen in living large‐brained creatures with complex cognition. Comparison across apes, monkeys and other species may help us to understand what is unique and universal about human culture and what is not.

Keywords: primates; culture; tradition; apes; evolution

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Castro L and Toro MA (2004) The evolution of culture: from primate social learning to human culture. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 101: 10235–10240.

Mercader J, Barton H, Gillespie J et al. (2007) 4300‐year‐old chimpanzee sites and the origins of percussive stone technology. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 104: 3043–3048.

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Voelkl B and Huber L (2007) Imitation as faithful copying of a novel technique in marmoset monkeys. PLoS ONE 2: e611.

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McGrew, W C(Dec 2007) Primates and the Origin of Culture. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0003332.pub2]