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Primates and the Origin of Culture

  1. W C McGrew

Published Online: 21 DEC 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0003332.pub2

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How to Cite

McGrew, W. C. 2007. Primates and the Origin of Culture. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 DEC 2007

Abstract

Clues to the origins of culture may lie in the diversity of behaviour seen in living large-brained creatures with complex cognition. Comparison across apes, monkeys and other species may help us to understand what is unique and universal about human culture and what is not.

Keywords:

  • primates;
  • culture;
  • tradition;
  • apes;
  • evolution