Nature 460, 339-344

Primate archaeology

Michael Haslam, Adriana Hernandez-Aguilar, Victoria Ling, Susana Carvalho, Ignacio de-la Torre, April DeStefano, Andrew Du, Bruce Hardy, Jack Harris, Linda Marchant, Tetsuro Matsuzawa, William McGrew, Julio Mercader, Rafael Mora, Michael Petraglia, Hélène Roche, Elisabetta Visalberghi, Rebecca Warren


All modern humans use tools to overcome limitations of our anatomy and to make difficult tasks easier. However, if tool use is such an advantage, we may ask why it is not evolved to the same degree in other species. To answer this question, we need to bring a long-term perspective to the material record of other members of our own order, the Primates.

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Haslam M, Hernandez-Aguilar A, Ling V, Carvalho S, Torre Ide-la , DeStefano A, Du A, Hardy B, Harris J, Marchant L, Matsuzawa T, McGrew W, Mercader J, Mora R, Petraglia M, Roche H, Visalberghi E, Warren R (2009) Primate archaeology Nature 460, 339-344 , doi: 10.1038/nature08188