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Footage captures mother chimpanzees teaching tool use to their children

For the first time ever, researchers documented mother chimps teaching their young to use tools on video, Independent reports. Camera traps positioned near termite nests in Democratic Republic of the Congo captured the chimps using a specific type of twig with a bristled end—much like a toothbrush—to probe for tasty bugs, a paper published in Scientific Reports shows. The mothers, it appears, make extra probes to share with the younger chimps and invest time in coaching them to become better. The researchers suggest this shows the evolutionary importance of passing a challenging skill onto others within a species.

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