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Wild capuchins (Cebus capucinus) fail to use tools in an experimental field study.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15027090     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
From September through November 2000 we conducted an experimental field study of tool use in a group of 15 wild white-faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus) in Costa Rica. The problem presented to the capuchins involved the use of wooden dowels as probes to obtain a food reward (two bananas) located inside a clear Plexiglas box. Specifically, the task required the capuchins to manually insert a dowel into any of six holes drilled into the box in order to push the bananas off a shelf. The banana could then be retrieved through a large opening at the bottom of the box. The capuchins visited the tool-use platform 702 times over the course of 55 consecutive days and under several experimental conditions. During the first 21 days of the study, they explored the box but made no attempt to touch or pick up the dowels. Even after we placed the dowels in the holes, the capuchins only occasionally manipulated them. Overall, the results indicate that the capuchins did not use a tool to solve this novel foraging problem.
P A Garber; E Brown
Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of primatology     Volume:  62     ISSN:  0275-2565     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Primatol.     Publication Date:  2004 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-03-17     Completed Date:  2004-05-11     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8108949     Medline TA:  Am J Primatol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  165-70     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2004 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Cebus / psychology*
Costa Rica
Feeding Behavior*
Problem Solving*
Psychomotor Performance*

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