Chimpanzees show greater behavioural and cultural diversity in more variable environments

Chimpanzees crossing savannah habitat in Bafing, Mali, a location with high seasonality that supports high behavioural diversity. © PanAf/MPI-EVA

We recently published a paper in Nature Communications demonstrating that both historical and recent variation in ecological and environmental conditions are associated with larger behavioural repertoires in wild chimpanzees. The work was co-led by my colleagues Dr. Ammie Kalan and Dr. Hjalmar Kuehl, part of the Pan African Programme: The Cultured Chimpanzee. The paper is available open access here, and you can read a full press release with further details from the Max Planck Institute here. Enjoy!

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