Simpler for evolution: Secondary representation in apes, children, and ancestors

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 21 (1):131-131 (1998)
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Great apes show behavioural evidence for secondary representation similar to that of children of about two years of age. However, there is no convincing evidence for metarepresentation in apes. A good evolutionary interpretation should be parsimonious and must bring developmental and comparative data in accord. I propose a model based on the work of Perner (1991) and close by pointing out a logical flaw in Heyes’ second proposed experiment.



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