The Chimpanzees of Bossou and Nimba

  • Tetsuro Matsuzawa
  • Tatyana Humle
  • Yukimaru Sugiyama

Part of the Primatology Monographs book series

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
    1. Tetsuro Matsuzawa, Tatyana Humle, Yukimaru Sugiyama
      Pages xxi-xxvi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Tetsuro Matsuzawa, Tatyana Humle
      Pages 3-10
  3. History and Ecology

  4. Culture: Tool Manufacture and Use

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. Tatyana Humle
      Pages 61-71
    3. Tetsuro Matsuzawa
      Pages 73-83
    4. Cláudia Sousa
      Pages 85-96
    5. Tatyana Humle, Gen Yamakoshi, Tetsuro Matsuzawa
      Pages 117-122
    6. Shinya Yamamoto, Gen Yamakoshi, Tatyana Humle, Tetsuro Matsuzawa
      Pages 123-130
    7. Tetsuro Matsuzawa
      Pages 131-135
    8. Satoshi Hirata, Yuu Mizuno
      Pages 137-141
  5. Stone-Tool Use: Observation and Experiments

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-143

About this book


The chimpanzees of Bossou in Guinea, West Africa, form a unique community which displays an exceptional array of tool use behaviors and behavioral adaptations to coexistence with humans. This community of Pan troglodytes verus has contributed more than three decades of data to the field of cultural primatology, especially chimpanzees’ flexible use of stones to crack open nuts and of perishable tools during foraging activities. The book highlights the special contribution of the long-term research at Bossou and more recent studies in surrounding areas, particularly in the Nimba Mountains and the forest of Diécké, to our understanding of wild chimpanzees’ tool use, cognitive development, lithic technology and culture. This compilation of research principally strives to uncover the complexity of the mind and behavioral flexibility of our closest living relatives. This work also reveals the necessity for ongoing efforts to conserve chimpanzees in the region. Chimpanzees have shed more light on our evolutionary origins than any other extant species in the world, yet their numbers in the wild are rapidly declining. In that sense, the Bossou chimpanzees and their neighbors clearly embody an invaluable cultural heritage for humanity as a whole.         

Readers can enjoy video clips illustrating unique behaviors of Bossou chimpanzees, in an exclusive DVD accompanying the hardcover or at a dedicated website described in the softcover.                         


Animal behavior Culture and tool use Great apes Primatology Social ecology

Editors and affiliations

  • Tetsuro Matsuzawa
    • 1
  • Tatyana Humle
    • 2
  • Yukimaru Sugiyama
    • 1
  1. 1.Primate Research InstituteKyoto UniversityInuyamaJapan
  2. 2.School of Anthropology and ConservationUniversity of KentCanterburyUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Tokyo
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-4-431-53920-9
  • Online ISBN 978-4-431-53921-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2190-5967
  • Series Online ISSN 2190-5975
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