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Research Article

First Observation of Tool Use in Wild Gorillas

  • Thomas Breuer mail,

    To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: breuer@eva.mpg.de

    Affiliations: Wildlife Conservation Society, Mbeli Bai Study, Nouabalé-Ndoki Project, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany

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  • Mireille Ndoundou-Hockemba,

    Affiliation: Wildlife Conservation Society, Mbeli Bai Study, Nouabalé-Ndoki Project, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo

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  • Vicki Fishlock

    Affiliation: Wildlife Conservation Society, Mbeli Bai Study, Nouabalé-Ndoki Project, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo

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  • Published: October 01, 2005
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.0030380

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Right-handed gorilla?

Posted by plosbiology on 07 May 2009 at 22:11 GMT

Author: Nicola Scarlett
E-mail: nicola.scarlett@uk.com
Submitted Date: October 01, 2005
Published Date: October 3, 2005
This comment was originally posted as a “Reader Response” on the publication date indicated above. All Reader Responses are now available as comments.

Efi holds the stick awkwardly with her left hand over her head while she forages for food using her right. Why doesn't she hold it in her right hand and use her left hand to forage? Or move the stick to the other side? Does this indicate a preference for being right-handed?

Competing interests declared: I have no competing interest