Joint cooperative hunting among wild chimpanzees: Taking natural observations seriously
Christophe Boesch a1 a1 Department of Primatology, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, 04103 Leipzig, Germany
Ignoring most published evidence on wild chimpanzees, Tomasello et al.'s claim that shared goals and intentions are uniquely human amounts to a faith statement. A brief survey of chimpanzee hunting tactics shows that group hunts are compatible with a shared goals and intentions hypothesis. The disdain of observational data in experimental psychology leads some to ignore the reality of animal cognitive achievements.