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Compound tool construction by New Caledonian crows

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The construction of novel compound tools through assemblage of otherwise non-functional elements involves anticipation of the affordances of the tools to be built. Except for few observations in captive great apes, compound tool construction is unknown outside humans, and tool innovation appears late in human ontogeny. We report that habitually tool-using New Caledonian crows (Corvus moneduloides) can combine objects to construct novel compound tools. We presented 8 naïve crows with combinabl...

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Published
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Peer reviewed

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10.1038/s41598-018-33458-z

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS Division
Department:
Zoology
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Zoology
Oxford college:
Pembroke College
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Auersperg, A
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P 29075
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Funding agency for:
Mioduszewska, B
Publisher:
Springer Nature Publisher's website
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Scientific Reports Journal website
Volume:
8
Article number:
15676
Publication date:
2018-10-24
Acceptance date:
2018-09-20
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2045-2322
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923139
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pubs:923139
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uuid:3dd11e8d-f827-4eeb-af38-a04e64ece9f8
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pubs:923139
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2018-10-02

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