Abstract

All modern humans use tools to overcome limitations of our anatomy and to make difficult tasks easier. However, if tool use is such an advantage, we may ask why it is not evolved to the same degree in other species. To answer this question, we need to bring a long-term perspective to the material record of other members of our own order, the Primates.

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We thank R. Foley and the US National Science Foundation Revealing Hominid Origins Initiative. The University of Cambridge, the Galton Institute and King’s College, Cambridge, UK, sponsored the symposium ‘Primatology Meets Palaeoanthropology 2: The Origins of Percussive Technology’, held in October 2008 at the Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies in Cambridge.

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    • Michael Haslam
    • , Adriana Hernandez-Aguilar
    • , Victoria Ling
    • , Susana Carvalho
    • , William McGrew
    •  & Michael Petraglia
  2. Institute of Archaeology, University College London, London WC1H 0PY, UK

    • Ignacio de la Torre
  3. Department of Anthropology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901, USA

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    • , Andrew Du
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  4. Department of Anthropology, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio 43022, USA

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    •  & Rebecca Warren
  5. Department of Anthropology, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio 45056, USA

    • Linda Marchant
  6. Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University, Inuyama, Aichi 484-8506, Japan

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  9. Maison de l’Archéologie et de l’Ethnologie, CNRS, Paris 92023, France

    • Hélène Roche
  10. Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie della Cognizione, Rome 00197, Italy

    • Elisabetta Visalberghi

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