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Do bonobos say NO by shaking their head?

Schneider, Christel, Call, Josep and Liebal, Katja 2010. Do bonobos say NO by shaking their head? Primates 51 (3) , pp. 199-202. 10.1007/s10329-010-0198-2

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Head-shaking gestures are commonly used by African great apes to solicit activities such as play. Here, we report observations of head shaking in four bonobos apparently aimed at preventing the recipient from doing something. This may reflect a primitive precursor of the negatively connoted head-shaking behavior in humans. Further investigations are needed to clarify the preventive function of head shakes and their evolutionary role in the evolution of negation in humans.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Publisher: Springer Verlag (Germany)
ISSN: 0032-8332
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2019 11:45

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