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'Vančatová MA, 1984: The Influence of Imitation on Tool-Using in Capouchine Monkeys (Cebus apella). Anthropologie (Brno) 22, 1: 1-2'.
In order to check the capability of monkeys to use tools three series of experiments were made with capouchine monkeys (Cebus apella). In an experiment following the capability of using stones to crack nuts none of the monkeys tried to crack the nut with a stone, neither did the capouchine monkeys try to get hold of a dainty bit with the help of implement (a stick, wire). In the third experiment the dominating individual was taught to pull nearer a dainty bit with the help of a T-shaped stick. Some of the imitating individuals were able to imitate tool behaviour in a wider extent than the dominating individual. Experiments have shown the importance of imitation in tool behaviour in the monkeys and also the necessity of a new approach to studying it.
Monkey's tool behaviour - Cebus apella - Imitation

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