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Why is tool use rare in animals?

Hunt, Gavin R; Gray, Russell; Taylor, Alex H


Tool use is widespread in the animal kingdom. It has been reported in taxa ranging from insects to primates (see reviews in Beck, 1980; Bentley-Condit & Smith, 2010; Shumaker et al., 2011). However, although it is taxonomically widespread, tool use is relatively rare. The rarity of tool use is surprising given the potential evolutionary advantages that a species can gain. Tools can be used to extract rich food sources such as termites and wood-boring larvae that would otherwise be extremely...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2013
Type: Book chapter
Book Title: Tool Use in Animals: Cognition and Ecology
DOI: /10.1017/CBO9780511894800.007


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