Habitat Seen Playing Larger Role in Shaping Behavior

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Science  06 Mar 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5356, pp. 1454-1455
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5356.1454

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INUYAMA, JAPAN-- Data presented at a recent conference here are raising questions about much of the conventional wisdom about nonhuman primates. New studies offer evidence that they exhibit a greater range of behaviors than was previously thought, and that the environment--especially the accessibility of food--plays a major role in determining behaviors that were widely believed to be largely innate. If the findings are verified, it would mean rewriting textbooks, say primatologists.