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Alexandra G. Rosati and Brian Hare Chimpanzees and bonobos exhibit divergent spatial memory development Developmental Science 15

Article first published online: 29 OCT 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-7687.2012.01182.x

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Spatial cognition and memory are critical cognitive skills underlying foraging behaviors for all primates. While the emergence of these skills has been the focus of much research on human children, little is known about ontogenetic patterns shaping spatial cognition in other species. Comparative developmental studies of nonhuman apes can illuminate which aspects of human spatial development are shared with other primates, versus which aspects are unique to our lineage. Here we present three studies examining spatial memory development in our closest living relatives, chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) and bonobos (P. paniscus).

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