Monkeys routinely consume fruit containing alcohol, shedding light on our own taste for booze

Journal Reference: Christina J. Campbell, Aleksey Maro, Victoria Weaver, Robert Dudley. Dietary ethanol ingestion by free-ranging spider monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi ). Royal Society Open Science, 2022; 9 (3) DOI: 10.1098/rsos.211729 A new study now supports this idea, which Dudley calls the “drunken monkey” hypothesis. The study was led by primatologist Christina Campbell of California State … Read more

Marmoset monkeys solve hearing tests on the touchscreen

Journal Reference: A. Calapai, J. Cabrera-Moreno, T. Moser, M. Jeschke. Flexible auditory training, psychophysics, and enrichment of common marmosets with an automated, touchscreen-based system. Nature Communications, 2022; 13 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s41467-022-29185-9 A team of researchers led by Marcus Jeschke at the German Primate Center — Leibniz Institute for Primate Research (DPZ) and at the Institute … Read more

Monkeys play to reduce group tension

Journal Reference: Norberto Asensio, Eugenia Zandonà, Jacob C. Dunn, Jurgi Cristóbal-Azkarate. Socioecological correlates of social play in adult mantled howler monkeys. Animal Behaviour, 2022; DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2022.01.017 The study, carried out by a team of researchers from Spain, Brazil and the UK, and published in the journal Animal Behaviour, focuses on the activity of two subspecies … Read more

Snow monkeys go fishing to survive harsh Japanese winters

Journal Reference: Alexander M. Milner, Susanna A. Wood, Catherine Docherty, Laura Biessy, Masaki Takenaka, Koji Tojo. Winter diet of Japanese macaques from Chubu Sangaku National Park, Japan incorporates freshwater biota. Scientific Reports, 2021; 11 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s41598-021-01972-2 The snow monkey (Japanese macaque Macaca fuscata) is native to the main islands of Japan, except Hokkaido. The … Read more