Gesture use in consortship: wild chimpanzees’ use of gesture for an ‘evolutionarily urgent’ purpose

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

5 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

We describe the gestural communication of wild chimpanzees in the evolutionarily urgent context of consortship. Consortship represented the dominant context for the use of gestural communication by adult males in the Sonso community. Gesturing provided consorting males with the opportunity to communicate their intentions to the female, while avoiding the risk of also advertising these to other community males. The extensive use of gesturing by adult males differs from the low frequency reported in captivity, and emphasises the importance of studying behaviour in a natural population.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDevelopments in Primate Gesture Research
EditorsSimone Pika, Katja Liebal
Place of PublicationAmsterdam, The Netherlands
PublisherJohn Benjamins Press
Pages129
Number of pages146
ISBN (Electronic)9789027274816
ISBN (Print)9789027228482
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Keywords

  • Chimpanzee
  • Gesture
  • Communication
  • Cognition
  • Evolution
  • Consortship

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Gesture use in consortship: wild chimpanzees’ use of gesture for an ‘evolutionarily urgent’ purpose'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this