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A case of suspected chimpanzee scavenging in the Issa Valley, Tanzania

Baker, Sam A; Stewart, Fiona A; Piel, Alex K; (2023) A case of suspected chimpanzee scavenging in the Issa Valley, Tanzania. Primates 10.1007/s10329-023-01099-0. (In press).

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Abstract

Like humans, chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) are well known for their vertebrate and invertebrate hunting, but they rarely scavenge. In contrast, while hunting and meat consumption became increasingly important during the evolution of the genus Homo, scavenging meat and marrow from carcasses of large mammals was also likely to be an important component of their subsistence strategies. Here, we describe a confrontational scavenging interaction between an adult male chimpanzee from the Issa Valley and a crowned eagle (Stephanoaetus coronatus), which resulted in the chimpanzee capturing and consuming the carcass of a juvenile bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus). We describe the interaction and contextualize this with previous scavenging observations from chimpanzees.

Type: Article
Title: A case of suspected chimpanzee scavenging in the Issa Valley, Tanzania
Location: Japan
DOI: 10.1007/s10329-023-01099-0
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10329-023-01099-0
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author-accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Meat eating, Carcass theft, Inter-specific competition Raptor, Hominin subsistence strategies, Hominin evolution
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 > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10181577
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