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  1. I <3 Bonobos! They are my favorite non-human primate.

    One anthropologically pedantic nitpick with the article: the author quotes an anthropologist who says that bonobos exhibit culture. This is an ongoing argument among cultural and primatological anthropologists. I tend to think that bonobos do not have culture and that only humans have culture. Some of the great apes (bonobos and chimps specifically) exhibit signs of a sort of proto-culture (e.g., tool making) but they do not have anything even remotely close to the kind of culture humans have.

    • Since you’re already pedantically nitpicking, is there a precise definition of culture in this context ? Or more simply put, is there some sort of consensus of what constitutes the boundary between non-culture and culture ?

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