Use of Containers

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Human Uniqueness Compared to "Great Apes": 
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The use of containers, either to store or transport objects or materials, is common among humans. Great apes have not been observed to use containers in the wild. In captivity, all four species of great apes have used containers, either spontaneously or as the result of task conditioning. The use of containers may be rooted in the evolution of food transport and the establishment of a home base among ancient hominids.

Timing

Timing of appearance of the difference in the Hominin Lineage as a defined date or a lineage separation event. The point in time associated with lineage separation events may change in the future as the scientific community agrees upon better time estimates. Lineage separation events are defined in 2017 as:

  • the Last Common Ancestor (LCA) of humans and old world monkeys was 25,000 - 30,000 thousand (25 - 30 million) years ago
  • the Last Common Ancestor (LCA) of humans and chimpanzees was 6,000 - 8,000 thousand (6 - 8 million) years ago
  • the emergence of the genus Homo was 2,000 thousand (2 million) years ago
  • the Last Common Ancestor (LCA) of humans and neanderthals was 500 thousand years ago
  • the common ancestor of modern humans was 100 - 300 thousand years ago

Probable Appearance: 
6,000 thousand years ago
Definite Appearance: 
2,000 thousand years ago
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Home Base True
Organized Gathering of Food True

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