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Wild monkeys flake stone tools.

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Our understanding of the emergence of technology shapes how we view the origins of humanity. Sharp-edged stone flakes, struck from larger cores, are the primary evidence for the earliest stone technology. Here we show that wild bearded capuchin monkeys (Sapajus libidinosus) in Brazil deliberately break stones, unintentionally producing recurrent, conchoidally fractured, sharp-edged flakes and cores that have the characteristics and morphology of intentionally produced hominin tools. The produ...

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10.1038/nature20112

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Oxford, SSD, School of Archaeology
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Nature Publishing Group Publisher's website
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Nature Journal website
Publication date:
2016-10-05
Acceptance date:
2016-09-21
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1476-4687
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pubs:655301
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uri:4328f9a4-9944-4940-89d0-871cd49f2a94
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uuid:4328f9a4-9944-4940-89d0-871cd49f2a94
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pubs:655301
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English
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