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Primate Archaeology

Grant number: 14/18364-1
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Post-doctor
Effective date (Start): January 01, 2015
Effective date (End): December 31, 2015
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Psychology - Experimental Psychology
Principal researcher:Eduardo Benedicto Ottoni
Grantee:Tiago Falótico
Supervisor abroad: Michael Haslam
Home Institution: Instituto de Psicologia (IP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of Oxford, England  
Associated to the scholarship:13/05219-0 - Tool use by capuchin monkeys: learning and tradition, BP.PD


The goal of the "Primate Archaeology" project is to address the systematic comparative study of wild primate technologies, recognition of the time depth and cultural variation among those technologies, and construction of suitable models for relating the evolutionary trajectories of human and non-human tool use. The posdoc will work with two of the three species targets of the project, capuchin monkeys (Sapajus libidinosus) and long tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis). As a primatologist with background in ethology he will collect and analyse the behavioural and material data on tool use. And also learn and assist in the archaeological field work and analyses of the project. The behavioural analyses are going to focus in the lithic tool use by the monkeys. The development of the tool use by the young individuals is also going to be studied in the two capuchin monkeys sites (both in Brazil, Piauí state). The goal is to learn how the young acquire tool use and, particularly, how much social influence there is in the process. The project is based in the School of Archaeology - Oxford University, leaded by Dr. Michael Haslam. (AU)

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(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
FALOTICO, TIAGO; SPAGNOLETTI, NOEMI; HASLAM, MICHAEL; LUNCZ, LYDIA V.; MALAIVIJITNOND, SUCHINDA; GUMERT, MICHAEL. Analysis of sea almond (Terminalia catappa) cracking sites used by wild Burmese long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis aurea). AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PRIMATOLOGY, v. 79, n. 5, . (14/18364-1)
FALOTICO, TIAGO; SIQUEIRA, JOSE O.; OTTONI, EDUARDO B.. Digging up food: excavation stone tool use by wild capuchin monkeys. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, v. 7, . (14/18364-1, 14/04818-0, 06/07187-5, 13/05219-0)

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