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G. saccadic eye-movements) to be recognizable more quickly and at greater distances. In the second place, it will require a greater number of perceptual samplings to be recognizable. A given object such as a hut may be very nearly 'invisible' to an outsider because it may employ for its material articulation edges, boundaries, and aggregations more like the random assemblages of environmental objects themselves. It will in some landscape-specific manner imitate the edges and boundaries of 'natural' formations.
Indeed, it would appear that primates learn to communicate in general through social imitation. But chimpanzees apparently do not use sleeping nests for other activities, and the morphological format of a sleeping nest—its design—remains invariant from one generation to another, and such changes as occur from one nest to another (when made by the same individual) are accidental properties induced by the details of a given tree. In contrast, a given architectonic formation made by humans characteristically frames activities of various kinds, in a greater or lesser degree according to the conventional rules of association of a given group or society.
Both highly specific and greatly generalized, multifunctional tools coexist, and the ranges of their usefulness are in continual expansion or contraction. Chimpanzees, like humans, learn to make and use tools by social imitation and learning. ), and in the context of excited, aggressive display. Chimps are known to employ found sticks or twigs as probes for extracting termites from nests, or when feeding on ants or dipping for honey in bee's nests. Sticks are also used as levers for prying open recalcitrant objects, and stones are employed to crack open hard-shelled fruits or nuts.