Chimpanzee Culture Essay
Another definition that anthropologists came up with is that animals and chimps acquire culture through “social transmission mechanism”, according to “Cultures in Chimpanzees” written by Andrew Whiten et al. Finally, a third definition(s) that anthropologists has come up with is that culture within chimpanzee communities are acquired socially but, due to it being acquired socially there is always a possible chance that culture will evolve as chimpanzees acquire new practices. In addition to the third definition, anthropologists also proposed that culture “is based on shared meanings between members of the same group or society” (Boesch …show more content…
In addition, the ﬂexibility of the chimpanzees’ culture allows them to shape their environment to gain access to important new food sources, develop arbitrary signs that have shared meaning, and develop subcultures that distinguish individual groups from their neighbors” (Boesch 89).
This concludes that social behavior and use of tools in chimp culture is always acquired through learning and specific social interactions between chimps. And Boesch also concludes chimps’ culture is always changing as chimps are also coming up with new types of tools to make their lives simpler. Chimps and humans have been found to have many similarities and differences however one aspect remain the same and that is culture exists within both groups. Some chimp cultures resemble human culture, however chimps obtain their culture differently than humans. Through many studies anthropologists have come up with many ideas and a major discovery is that chimps do not attain culture through genetically, but socially and it is evolving as well since new tools and social behaviors are always introduced in chimp communities. Though there are many major discoveries as to how chimps have culture, one question remains unanswered as anthropologists continue to research to provide an answer to and that question