Your next invitation to dinner may come from a chimp, at least if you are a chimpanzee from the Fongoli savanna of Senegal.
Iowa State University anthropologist Jill Pruetz’s latest report, co-authored by ISU graduate student Stacy Lindshield, further challenges beliefs about what separates humans from our animal neighbors. According to ScienceDaily:
The researchers witnessed 41 cases of Fongoli chimpanzees willingly transferring either wild plant foods or hunting tools to other chimpanzees. While previous research by primatologists had documented chimps transferring meat among other non-relatives, this is the first study to document non-meat sharing behavior.
Pruetz uses GPS to track the chimps. Sometimes she records their behavior using a flip camera, which does not unsettle them the way a bulky camera would. Thanks to satellite technology, she can stay in the field yet still deliver lectures to her Iowa students. She has amassed years of data.
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