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Vol. 79, No. 5, 2008
Issue release date: August 2008
Section title: Original Article
Folia Primatol 2008;79:253–268
(DOI:10.1159/000113539)

Handedness in Captive Bonobos (Pan paniscus)

Harrison R.M. · Nystrom P.
Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK

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Article / Publication Details

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Abstract of Original Article

Received: 3/8/2007
Accepted: 10/4/2007
Published online: 1/22/2008

Number of Print Pages: 16
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 10

ISSN: 0015-5713 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9980 (Online)

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Abstract

Species level right-handedness is often considered to be unique to humans. Handedness is held to be interrelated to our language ability and has been used as a means of tracing the evolution of language. Here we examine handedness in 3 captive groups of bonobos (Pan paniscus) comprising 22 individuals. We found no evidence for species level handedness. Conclusions that can be drawn from these findings are: (1) species level handedness evolved after the divergence of the Pan and Homo lineages; (2) inconsistent preferences may represent precursors to human handedness, and (3) Pan may have language abilities but these cannot be measured using handedness.


Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Original Article

Received: 3/8/2007
Accepted: 10/4/2007
Published online: 1/22/2008

Number of Print Pages: 16
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 10

ISSN: 0015-5713 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9980 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/FPR


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