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Nora Slania

Technological Primates Research Group
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

Email: Nora_Slaniaeva.mpgde
Office: B 2.53

Research Interests

I am a master student and student research assistant at the Technological Primates group. Currently, I am studying early childhood research, a comparative, developmental psychology program at the University of Leipzig. I am interested in comparative research at group and species levels to better understand primate (including human) cognition and culture, and the evolutionary processes behind all of it.

My master project aims to identify behavioural and archaeological signatures of nut cracking across primate species. Of all primates, chimpanzees, capuchins, and macaques engage in nut cracking with stone tools. We want to understand how their nut cracking techniques differ and how these differences relate to use wear traces on tools. Percussive activities played an important role in the evolution of hominin tool use. Relating observable behaviours to tool properties can help to gain a better understanding of the earliest percussive technologies.