Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary

Human tool behavior is species-specific and remains unique

Susan Cachela1

a1 Department of Anthropology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1414. [email protected]


Human tool behavior is species-specific. It remains a diagnostic feature of humans, even when comparisons are made with closely related non-human primates. The archaeological record demonstrates both the deep antiquity of human tool behavior and its fundamental role in distinguishing human behavior from that of non-human primates.