ANIMAL TOOL USE

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the use of extraneous or external materials by animals, solely for the purposes of solving problems. Until recently, the use of tools was thought to be confined to humans - however, psychologists have demonstrated that apes can move crates to get to bananas, and birds are also able to use external materials in the creation of nests.

ANIMAL TOOL USE: "Animal tool use refers to the concept of animals utilizing extraneous materials to solve problems in the environment."
Cite this page: N., Sam M.S., "ANIMAL TOOL USE," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/animal-tool-use/ (accessed July 1, 2022).

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