The stone tools of capuchins (Cebus apella)
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- Westergaard, G.C. & Suomi1, S.J. International Journal of Primatology (1995) 16: 1017. doi:10.1007/BF02696114
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We examined the production of stone took by capuchins (Cebus apella). Eleven subjects used five reduction techniques to produce 346 stone tools (48 cores and 298 flakes). They produced a sharp edge on 83% of the cores and largest flakes. Three monkeys later used a sample of these objects as cutting tools. These results demonstrate that monkeys produce lithic tools analogous to those produced by Oldowan hominids.