Re: Paper on chimp culture

Ilfryn PRICE (
Thu, 17 Jun 1999 09:33:17 +0100

Date: Thu, 17 Jun 1999 09:33:17 +0100
Subject: Re: Paper on chimp culture
From: (Ilfryn PRICE)


>The study, conducted by primatologist Andrew Whiten of the University of
>St. Andrews in Scotland and others, was published Thursday in the
>journal Nature. It goes into detail regarding 39 culturally specific
>activities regarding tool use, grooming and courtship.

I couldn't get the URL you supplied to open, but the paper also made todays national press in the UK. According to the article
I read

1. "Whitten interprets these differences as evidence of imitation and social learning: the things that also explain different
table manners in Britain and France"

2. All in all the evidence is that chimpanzees have a remarkable ability to invent new customs and technologies, and that they
pass them on socially rather than genetically"

3. The different activities ("manners and social practices") are found in, and characterise different groups (my emphasis) of


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