Megan Emrick ANT F301 Homework 4 - #1 Many explanations exist concerning the evolution of primate intelligence. According to the Machiavellian intelligence hypothesis, sociality among primates serves to further the intelligence of individuals who acquire the skill necessary to endure in such an environment. Continued existence in this context requires the cognitive ability to form beneficial relationships and make self-protective choices. If such intellect is developed, then the individual is more likely to survive, reproduce and establish fitness. Another idea states that the primate’s need to work for food acts as a catalyst for developing complex extraction techniques and enhanced memory capabilities. This, in turn,
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