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Some monkeys reuse their stone tools but others just chuck them away


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Some monkeys reuse their stone tools but others just chuck them away

By Michael Marshall Some monkeys reuse and recycle stone tools – others don’tNature Picture Library / Alamy Stock PhotoGroups of monkeys living on two neighbouring islands in South-East Asia may have different cultural traditions. Both groups use stone tools, but the monkeys in one group regularly reuse them, while the other monkeys discard them –…

Some monkeys reuse their stone tools but others just chuck them away

By Michael Marshall

monkey using stone tool

Some monkeys reuse and recycle stone tools – others don’t

Nature Picture Library / Alamy Stock Photo

Groups of monkeys living on two neighbouring islands in South-East Asia may have different cultural traditions. Both groups use stone tools, but the monkeys in one group regularly reuse them, while the other monkeys discard them – for no apparent reason.

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