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Age-related tooth wear in African rainforest hunter-gatherers.

Am J Phys Anthropol 2019 12 10;170(4):622-628. Epub 2019 Oct 10.

Departament de Biologia Evolutiva, Ecologia i Ciencies Ambientals, Secció Zoologia i Antropologia Biològica, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.

Objectives: Central African small-scale foragers subsist primarily on hunting game activities and wild plant-food gathering. Starch-rich tubers are underground storage organs (USOs) and staple food resources in savanna and tropical rainforests. However, little is known about the effect of USO consumption on tooth wear development in living hunter-gatherers. Read More

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December 2019

The social organization of Homo ergaster: Inferences from anti-predator responses in extant primates.

J Hum Evol 2017 08 7;109:11-21. Epub 2017 Jun 7.

Anthropological Institute and Museum, University of Zurich, Winterthurerstrasse 190, 8057 Zurich, Switzerland.

Patterns of primate socioecology have been used to suggest that the first truly savanna-dwelling hominin, Homo ergaster, lived in sizeable groups. Here, we revisit these estimates and infer additional features of the social organization of these early hominins based on anti-predator responses observed across the primate taxon. We first show that the effect of habitat on primate group size, composition, and sexual dimorphism is negligible after controlling for substrate use and phylogeny: terrestrial species live in larger groups with more and bigger males than arboreal taxa. Read More

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Spontaneous performance of wild baboons on three novel food-access puzzles.

Mark E Laidre

Anim Cogn 2008 Apr 21;11(2):223-30. Epub 2007 Aug 21.

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Program in Neuroscience, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544-1003, USA.

Although the technical problem-solving expertise of nonhuman primates has been investigated extensively in captivity, few species have been tested in their natural habitats. Here I examine the physical cognition of wild savanna baboons (Papio anubis), a species that occupies an omnivorous foraging niche in which a variety of embedded food items are extracted and processed. Baboons were tested on three puzzles, each involving high-quality food that required removal from a novel obstruction: (1) a string-pulling puzzle in which food was hung from tree branches, (2) a twig-dipping puzzle in which food was embedded in a vertical tube, and (3) a stick-pushing puzzle in which food was contained in a horizontal conduit. Read More

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