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Female Chimps More Likely Than Males to Use Tools, Study Shows

posted: 04/15/15
by: Discovery.com Staff
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A new study from Iowa State University reveals that female chimpanzees are more likely than males to hunt with tools. Led by Dr. Jill Pruetz, the study investigated the hunting techniques of savanna chimpanzees in Fongoli, Senegal, the only non-human population to habitually utilize tools to hunt prey.

Pruetz's team observed more than 300 tool-assisted hunts. Although female chimpanzees comprised only 40% of the hunting population, they executed 60% of the tool-assisted hunts. The most popular hunting method involved the use of a spear-like implement to jab at small animals in tree cavities.

"It's just another example of diversity in chimp behavior that we keep finding the longer we study wild chimps," Pruetz remarked.

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