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A case of suspected chimpanzee scavenging in the Issa Valley, Tanzania

Baker, SA, Stewart, FA and Piel, AK (2023) A case of suspected chimpanzee scavenging in the Issa Valley, Tanzania. Primates, 65 (1). pp. 41-48. ISSN 0032-8332

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Like humans, chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) are well known for their vertebrate and invertebrate hunting, but they rarely scavenge. In contrast, while hunting and meat consumption became increasingly important during the evolution of the genus Homo, scavenging meat and marrow from carcasses of large mammals was also likely to be an important component of their subsistence strategies. Here, we describe a confrontational scavenging interaction between an adult male chimpanzee from the Issa Valley and a crowned eagle (Stephanoaetus coronatus), which resulted in the chimpanzee capturing and consuming the carcass of a juvenile bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus). We describe the interaction and contextualize this with previous scavenging observations from chimpanzees.

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Additional Information: This version of the article has been accepted for publication, after peer review (when applicable) and is subject to Springer Nature’s AM terms of use, but is not the Version of Record and does not reflect post-acceptance improvements, or any corrections. The Version of Record is available online at: http://doi.org/10.1007/s10329-023-01099-0
Uncontrolled Keywords: Carcass theft; Hominin evolution; Hominin subsistence strategies; Inter-specific competition; Meat eating; Raptor; Humans; Male; Animals; Pan troglodytes; Tanzania; Hominidae; Vertebrates; Environment; Eagles; Mammals; 0603 Evolutionary Biology; 0608 Zoology; Behavioral Science & Comparative Psychology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Q Science > QL Zoology
S Agriculture > SF Animal culture
Divisions: Biological & Environmental Sciences (from Sep 19)
Publisher: Springer
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SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2024 16:06
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2024 16:06
DOI or ID number: 10.1007/s10329-023-01099-0
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/22441
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