International Journal of Primatology

, Volume 15, Issue 6, pp 899–906 | Cite as

The subsistence technology of capuchins

  • Gregory Charles Westergaard
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Abstract

Via Oswalt’s system of classification, I compare the tool-kits of wild and captive capuchins with those of Tanzanian chimpanzees and Tasmanian aborigines. The results indicate that capuchins have tool-kits that are smaller, and have lower ratios of artifacts to naturefacts, than those of Tanzanian chimpanzees and Tasmanian aborigines. Accordingly, Oswalt’s system can be used productively to assess the relative technological skills of monkeys versus those of apes and humans.

Key words

aborigine capuchin Cebus chimpanzee tool manufacture tool use 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gregory Charles Westergaard
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Comparative EthologyNational Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIHACPoolesville

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