Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Monkeys Clean Teeth Just Like Humans

December 29, 2009 on Discovery News:
A monkey in Japan flosses its teeth with its hair, demonstrating that humans aren't the only animals that clean their teeth and invent tools to help with the task.

The flosser, a free-ranging, middle-aged, female Japanese macaque named Chonpe, may have come up with the tool and the idea, according to a new study that will appear in the January issue of Primates.

Lead author Jean-Baptiste Leca told Discovery News that dental flossing could have been a fortuitous yet "accidental byproduct of grooming."
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  1. That is amazing. Monkeys never cease to make me happy

  2. But come on, didn't anyone question why he's pulling the hair from his arse?