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Group-specific archaeological signatures of stone tool use in wild macaques

Luncz, LV; Gill, M; Proffitt, T; Svensson, MS; Kulik, L; Malaivijitnond, S; (2019) Group-specific archaeological signatures of stone tool use in wild macaques. Elife , 8 , Article e46961. 10.7554/eLife.46961. Green open access

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Abstract

Stone tools in the prehistoric record are the most abundant source of evidence for understanding early hominin technological and cultural variation. The field of primate archaeology is well placed to improve our scientific knowledge by using the tool behaviours of living primates as models to test hypotheses related to the adoption of tools by early stone-age hominins. Previously we have shown that diversity in stone tool behaviour between neighbouring groups of long-tailed macaques (Macaca-fascicularis) could be explained by ecological and environmental circumstances (Luncz et al., 2017b). Here however, we report archaeological evidence, which shows that the selection and reuse of tools cannot entirely be explained by ecological diversity. These results suggest that tool-use may develop differently within species of old-world monkeys, and that the evidence of material culture can differ within the same timeframe at local geographic scales and in spite of shared environmental and ecological settings.

Type: Article
Title: Group-specific archaeological signatures of stone tool use in wild macaques
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.7554/eLife.46961
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.46961
Language: English
Additional information: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use and redistribution provided that the original author and source are credited. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10092184
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