Laska’s team found, in accord with a past study, that the spider monkeys swiped the fragrant mix only on their armpits and breastbone areas, and that this occurred independently of time of day, season, temperature or humidity. The previous study—published in 2000—also found, consistent with the new one, that males do it more often than females.No word on whether the spider monkeys have perfected the art of the pick-up line.
All these considerations, according to the authors of both studies, clash with the idea that the lotions function as bug repellents or skin medications.
Nov 18, 2006
spider monkeys make perfume from crushed leaves
In another installment of Animals Are Smarter Than You Think, researchers are mighty suspicious that black-handed spider monkey males daub themselves with homemade cologne.