Tolerated scrounging in nonhuman primates: commentary on 'To give and to give not: the behavioral ecology of human food transfers' by M. Gurven

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Gurven suggests that the tolerated scrounging model has limited relevance for explaining patterns of food transfers in human populations. However, this conclusion is based on a restricted interpretation of the tolerated scrounging model proposed originally by Blurton Jones (1987). Examples of food transfers in nonhuman primates illustrate that the assumptions of Gurven's tolerated scrounging model are open to question.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)562-563
Number of pages7
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2004


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