Do rhesus monkeys recognize themselves in mirrors?
Article first published online: 25 MAR 2011
© 2011 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
American Journal of Primatology
Volume 73, Issue 7, pages 603–606, July 2011
How to Cite
Anderson, J. R. and Gallup, G. G. (2011), Do rhesus monkeys recognize themselves in mirrors?. Am. J. Primatol., 73: 603–606. doi: 10.1002/ajp.20950
- Issue published online: 20 MAY 2011
- Article first published online: 25 MAR 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 26 FEB 2011
- Manuscript Received: 27 JAN 2011
- great apes;
Self-recognition continues to attract attention because of the evidence of a striking difference between the great apes and humans, on the one hand, and all other primates; the former are capable of self-recognition, whereas no compelling evidence exists for prosimians, monkeys, or lesser apes. This is in spite of numerous attempts to facilitate mirror self-recognition in other primates. Although all previous attempts to find self-recognition in rhesus macaques have failed, a recent article [Rajala et al., PLoS One 9:e12865, 2010] claimed the opposite—that adult male rhesus monkeys did recognize their own image in a mirror. We critically examine this claim, and conclude that the article fails to provide acceptable evidence for self-recognition in rhesus monkeys. Am. J. Primatol. 73:603–606, 2011. © 2011 Wiley-Liss, Inc.