Thursday, February 28, 2013

Nut-Cracking Monkeys Show Humanlike Skills

 

Nut-cracking monkeys don't just use tools. They use tools with skill.

That's the conclusion of a new study that finds similar tool-use strategies between humans and Brazil's bearded capuchin monkeys, which use rocks to smash nuts for snacks. Both monkeys and humans given the nut-smashing task take the time to place the nuts in their most stable position on a stone "anvil," the study found, keeping the tasty morsels from rolling away.

For the rest of the story: http://www.livescience.com/27524-nut-cracking-monkeys-skilled-with-tools.html

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