Advanced search
Start date
(Reference retrieved automatically from Web of Science through information on FAPESP grant and its corresponding number as mentioned in the publication by the authors.)

Digging up food: excavation stone tool use by wild capuchin monkeys

Full text
Falotico, Tiago ; Siqueira, Jose O. ; Ottoni, Eduardo B.
Total Authors: 3
Document type: Journal article
Source: SCIENTIFIC REPORTS; v. 7, JUL 24 2017.
Web of Science Citations: 8

Capuchin monkeys at Serra da Capivara National Park (SCNP) usually forage on the ground for roots and fossorial arthropods, digging primarily with their hands but also using stone tools to loosen the soil and aid the digging process. Here we describe the stone tools used for digging by two groups of capuchins on SCNP. Both groups used tools while digging three main food resources: Thiloa glaucocarpa tubers, Ocotea sp roots, and trapdoor spiders. One explanation for the occurrence of tool use in primates is the ``necessity hypothesis{''}, which states that the main function of tool use is to obtain fallback food. We tested for this, but only found a positive correlation between plant food availability and the frequency of stone tools' use. Thus, our data do not support the fallback food hypothesis for the use of tools to access burrowed resources. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 14/18364-1 - Primate Archaeology
Grantee:Tiago Falótico
Support type: Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Post-doctor
FAPESP's process: 13/05219-0 - Tool use by capuchin monkeys: learning and tradition
Grantee:Tiago Falótico
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 14/04818-0 - Tool use by wild bearded capuchin monkeys (Sapajus libidinosus): ecology, socially biased learning and behavioral traditions
Grantee:Eduardo Benedicto Ottoni
Support type: Research Projects - Thematic Grants
FAPESP's process: 06/07187-5 - Tools used by capuchin monkeys (Cebus libidinosus) of Serra da Capivara National Park - PI
Grantee:Tiago Falótico
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate