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The Use of Tools by Human and Non-human Primates

A. Berthelet and J. Chavaillon


This volume brings together contributions on the theme of tools from international specialists in various disciplines — anatomists, neurobiologists, prehistorians, ethnologists, and primatologists — at a symposium arranged by the Fyssen Foundation. Tools, whether of stone, wood, or metal, are a prolongation of the arm, but they acquire precision through the hand directed by the brain. A movement may have been identical from one another, in apes and in humans, in the past and in the present, but the resulting action varies according to the extended use of the tool. It is therefore necessary to ... More

Keywords: anatomists, neurobiologists, prehistorians, ethnologists, primatologists, tool techniques, chimpanzees, ability transmission, prehistoric workmen, modern workmen

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Print publication date: 1993 Print ISBN-13: 9780198522638
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198522638.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

A. Berthelet, editor

J. Chavaillon, editor
Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, Meudon

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9 Diversity of tool use and tool-making in wild chimpanzees

Christophe Boesch, and Hedwige Boesch

13 The origin of secondary tools

Jean Kitahara-Frisch

Introduction to Chapters 17 and 18

C. Karlin, and J. Pelegrin


A. Berthelet, and J. Chavaillon