Data from: DNA barcoding identifies cryptic animal tool materials

Linda Neaves, Matthew Steele, Barbara Klump, James St Clair, Joana Fernandes, Vanessa Hequet, Phil Shaw, Christian Rutz & Peter Hollingsworth
Some animals fashion tools and other constructions out of plant materials to aid foraging, reproduction, self-maintenance, and protection. The choice of raw materials can affect the structure and mechanical properties of the resulting artefacts, with significant fitness consequences. Documenting animals’ material preferences is challenging, however, as manufacture behaviour is often difficult to observe directly, and materials may be processed so heavily that they lack identifying features. Here, we use DNA barcoding techniques to identify, from...
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