Do bonobos say NO by shaking their head?
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Head-shaking gestures are commonly used by African great apes to solicit activities such as play. Here, we report observations of head shaking in four bonobos apparently aimed at preventing the recipient from doing something. This may reflect a primitive precursor of the negatively connoted head-shaking behavior in humans. Further investigations are needed to clarify the preventive function of head shakes and their evolutionary role in the evolution of negation in humans.
- Do bonobos say NO by shaking their head?
Volume 51, Issue 3 , pp 199-202
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- Head shaking
- Pan paniscus
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- 1. Evolutionary Psychology, Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany
- 2. Department of Developmental and Comparative Psychology, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Deutscher Platz 6, 04103, Leipzig, Germany