Dr Lydia Luncz

Lydia Luncz

Postdoctoral Researcher

Lydia Luncz joined the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology as a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow in May 2017. She is a primatologist mainly interested in the origin and evolution of material culture, particularly in the emergence and maintenance of cultural diversity in primates. Using archaeological methods, she compares the development of percussive technologies of wild primate species that use stone tools, including capuchin monkeys in Brazil, macaques in Thailand and chimpanzees in West-Africa. Lydia’s current project seeks to investigate selection processes, efficiency, and the developments of use wear traces in percussive tools on non-human primates.

Publication list:

Falotico T., Luncz L., Svensson M., Haslam M. (2017): Cashew nut positioning during stone tool use in wild bearded capuchin monkeys (Sapajus libidinosus). Primates, 87:392-397, doi:10.1159/000459621.

Luncz L., Proffitt T., Kulik L., Haslam M., Wittig R.: Distance-decay effect in stone tool transport by wild chimpanzees, Proceedings of the Royal, 283, doi:10.1098/rspb.2016.1607.

Falótico T., Spangoletti N., Luncz L., Haslam M., Malaivijitnond S., Gumert M: Analysis of sea almonds (Terminalia catappa) nut cracking sites used by wild Burmese long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis aurea). American Journal of Primatolgoy, 79 (5), doi: 10.1002/ajp.22629.

Proffitt T.*, Luncz L.* (*shared first authorship), Falótico T., Ottoni E., de la Torre I., Haslam M. (2016): Wild monkeys flake stone tools. Nature, 539, 85-88, doi:10.1038/nature20112.

Luncz L.V., Falótico T., Pascual-Garrido A., Corat C., Mosley H., Haslam M. (2016): Wild capuchin monkeys adjust percussive tool selection according to changing nut properties. Scientific Reports, DOI: 10.1038/srep33089

Haslam M., Luncz L.V., Staff R., Bradshow F., Ottoni E., Falótico T. (2016): Pre-Columbian Monkey Tools. Current Biology, 26 (13), R515-R522.

Haslam M., Luncz L., Pascual-Garrido A., Falótico T., Malaivijitnond S., Gumert M. (2016): Archaeological excavation of wild macaque stone tools, Journal of Human Evolution, 96, 134-138. 

Tan A., Luncz L., Haslam M., Malaivijitnond S, Gumert M (2016): Complex processing of prickly pear cactus (Opuntia sp) by free-ranging long-tailed macaques: preliminary analysis of hierarchical organisation. Primates, DOI: 10.1007/s10329.

Luncz L.V., Wittig R., Boesch C. (2015): Primate archaeology reveals cultural transmission in wild chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus), Philosophical Transaction of the Royal Society B, 370(1682): 20140348. DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2014.0348.

Luncz L.V., Boesch C. (2015): The extent of cultural variation between adjacent chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes verus) communities; a microecological approach, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.22628

Luncz L.V., Boesch C. (2014): Tradition over trend: Neighboring chimpanzee communities maintain differences in cultural behavior despite frequent female immigration, American Journal of Primatology, DOI: 10.1002/ajp.22259.

Luncz L.V., Mundry R., Boesch C. (2012): Evidence of Cultural Differences between Neighboring Chimpanzee Communities, Current Biology, 22 (10), 922-926.

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