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dc.contributor.authorFitzgerald, Maegan
dc.contributor.authorWillems, Erik P
dc.contributor.authorGaspard Soumah, Aly
dc.contributor.authorMatsuzawa, Tetsuro
dc.contributor.authorKoops, Kathelijne
dc.date.accessioned2022-04-05T18:00:29Z
dc.date.available2022-04-05T18:00:29Z
dc.date.issued2022-07
dc.date.submitted2021-01-02
dc.identifier.issn0275-2565
dc.identifier.otherajp23382
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/335795
dc.descriptionFunder: Stichting Lucie Burgers; Id: http://dx.doi.org/10.13039/501100013496
dc.descriptionFunder: Newnham College, University of Cambridge; Id: http://dx.doi.org/10.13039/501100000663
dc.descriptionFunder: Gates Cambridge Trust; Id: http://dx.doi.org/10.13039/501100005370
dc.descriptionFunder: Homerton College, University of Cambridge; Id: http://dx.doi.org/10.13039/501100008420
dc.description.abstractChimpanzees live in fission-fusion social organizations, which means that party size, composition, and spatial distribution are constantly in flux. Moreover, chimpanzees use a remarkably extensive repertoire of vocal and nonvocal forms of communication, thought to help convey information in such a socially and spatially dynamic setting. One proposed form of nonvocal communication in chimpanzees is buttress drumming, in which an individual hits a tree buttress with its hands and/or feet, thereby producing a low-frequency acoustic signal. It is often presumed that this behavior functions to communicate over long distances and is, therefore, goal-oriented. If so, we would expect chimpanzees to exhibit selectivity in the choice of trees and buttresses used in buttress drumming. Selectivity is a key attribute of many other goal-directed chimpanzee behaviors, such as nut-cracking and ant dipping. Here, we investigate whether chimpanzees at the Seringbara study site in the Nimba Mountains, Guinea, West Africa, show selectivity in their buttress drumming behavior. Our results indicate that Seringbara chimpanzees are more likely to use larger trees and select buttresses that are thinner and have a greater surface area. These findings imply that tree buttress drumming is not a random act, but rather goal-oriented and requires knowledge of suitable trees and buttresses. Our results also point to long-distance communication as a probable function of buttress drumming based on selectivity for buttress characteristics likely to impact sound propagation. This study provides a foundation for further assessing the cognitive underpinnings and functions of buttress drumming in wild chimpanzees.
dc.languageen
dc.publisherWiley
dc.subjectRESEARCH ARTICLE
dc.subjectRESEARCH ARTICLES
dc.subjectbehavioral selectivity
dc.subjectbuttress drumming
dc.subjectlong‐distance communication
dc.subjectwestern chimpanzees
dc.titleTo drum or not to drum: Selectivity in tree buttress drumming by chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus) in the Nimba Mountains, Guinea.
dc.typeArticle
dc.date.updated2022-04-05T18:00:28Z
prism.publicationNameAm J Primatol
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.83231
dcterms.dateAccepted2022-03-19
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1002/ajp.23382
rioxxterms.versionAO
rioxxterms.versionVoR
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.contributor.orcidFitzgerald, Maegan [0000-0003-3769-1688]
dc.identifier.eissn1098-2345
pubs.funder-project-idJapan Society for the Promotion of Science (#07102010, #12002009, #16002001, #16H06283, #20002001, #24000001, Core‐to‐core CCSN, Leading Graduate Program‐U04‐PWS)
cam.issuedOnline2022-04-05


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