Monkeys conform eating habits to fit community

04/26/2013 | LiveScience.com

Monkeys will conform to local eating habits just like humans, according to a study by researchers from the University of St. Andrews in the U.K. Among vervet monkeys in South Africa, infants would only eat what their mothers ate, while younger monkeys would change their eating habits to match whatever group they were in. "Some of the ways of learning that we have thought were distinctly human are more broadly shared across nonhuman primates," said study co-author Andrew Whiten.

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