Primate Stone Tools: Evidence from South America
One of the contributions of this weblog to our evolutionary thinking is the call for a more holistic, bi-hemispheric approach to hominid and human origins and, consequently, an increased appreciation of New World monkey behaviors as a surprisingly close parallel to modern human behaviors. Some of the behavioral parallels between humans and New World primates are products of evolutionary convergence, while others may represent retentions – lost from other primate branches – from their ancient common ancestor. A new study by Haslam et al. reaffirms the use of stone tools by New World primates and provides first archaeological evidence for monkey stone tool behaviors outside of Africa.
Current Biology 26, no. 13 (2016) doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2016.05.046
Pre-Columbian monkey tools
Haslam, Michael, Lydia V. Luncz, Richard A. Staff, Fiona Bradshaw, Eduardo B. Ottoni, and Tiago Falótico