Re: What did AAT Supposedly eat?

John Wilkins (
Tue, 17 Jan 1995 10:50:05 +1000

In article <3fcr37$>, (Phil
Nicholls) wrote:

: Chimpanzees will look for a small branch of particular size, strip the
: leaves off it a particular way, carry it for some distance and use it
: to fish for termits. By any reasonable criteria they have taken a
: natural material and altered it's shape for a particular use. That is
: tool making.
Is it taught behaviour; ie, is it cultural? If so, then I think you'd
*have* to say it was tool making. If it was instinctive, then not.

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