[UNCLASSIFIED]pre-European bowers

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Subject: [UNCLASSIFIED]pre-European bowers
From: "Phyl Goddard" <>
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2005 17:21:41 +1000
Yes Benj, I understand the implications but my query was more to do with
whether SBBs were thus recognized in the literature?

Phyl Goddard

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Sent: Tuesday, 30 August 2005 4:43 PM
Subject: [UNCLASSIFIED]pre-European bowers

It sure does. And I think we had this conversation about 2 years ago on
COG list. Tool use was thought to be a unique characteristic of Humans,
until it was found in chimps, then in gorillas and orang utans, then in
Ravens, and Darwins finches, etc

The more you look the more you find. It is still amazing in its own
Benj Whitworth

-----Original Message-----
From: Phyl Goddard  
Sent: Tuesday, 30 August 2005 4:37 PM
To: 'Carol Probets'; 
Subject: pre-European bowers

Thanks Carol.  So if SBBs use moss and sticks as paint brushes, does
that make them tool-users?  David Attenborough makes much of what he
calls 'tool-makers' in his Life of Birds (TV and book), mentioning two
species only, one of which is the Galapagos woodpecker finch: he says
its use of a cactus spine to prise out grubs has 'brought the bird
world-wide fame'.

Phyl Goddard

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