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15 remarkable animals that use tools

By: Bryan Nelson on Oct. 28, 2009, 10:09 a.m.
A female chimpanzee holding a stick in the jungle

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Until 1963, when Jane Goodall published her work on wild chimpanzees and their use of tools, most scientists believed that tool use was a uniquely human trait. Half a century later, we're finally beginning to understand that the line between humans and other animals is one of mere degree. To prove it, here's our list of 15 creatures from across the animal kingdom that use tools.