Friday, April 26, 2013

Everybody's Doing It: Monkeys Eat What Others are Eating

Just as human travelers often adopt the local cuisine, wild monkeys learn to eat what those around them are eating, new research finds.
A study of wild vervet monkeys (Chlorocebus aethiops) in South Africa provides proof that primates other than humans adopt and conform to cultural behaviors. Given a choice between two foods, infant monkeys ate only the foods that their mothers ate.

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