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2005 in Monkey News

The LA Weekly has a round-up of the year's news as it pertains to monkeys. I wonder if this sudden interest in simian samizdata was inspired by podcaster Ricky Gervais' longtime interest in monkey events. 2005 was indeed a busy year for our distant cousins. Research in Capuchin monkeys, for example, seems to confirm that prostitution is indeed the oldest profession (sic)

Capuchin monkeys learned to use money this year. Using a silver disk as currency that could be exchanged for food.... Researchers were stunned when a male offered a female a token for a quick roll in the hay and she accepted. Afterward, the female traded her new token for a tasty grape.

Oddly this article was spotted just as I discovered the joys of reading another monkey's coverage of events back home

January 7, 2006 in Strange Enthusiasms | Permalink


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