Chimpanzee foods are more mechanically demanding than previously thought

A study led by researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology has analysed the mechanical properties and the isotopic composition of plant foods eaten by chimpanzees living in the tropical rain forest and savannah woodland. They found that the savannah chimpanzees eat foods that are more mechanically challenging and therefore may place higher selective pressures on their chewing apparatus compared to their conspecifics living in the rainforest.

Chimpanzee foods are more mechanically demanding than previously thought

Chimpanzees are generally known as the ripe fruit specialist among the great apes, but also incorporate other food items such as leaves and seedpods into their diets. Savannah chimpanzees are ...

Mon 13 Aug 18 from Phys.org

Tough life in the savannah? Chimpanzee foods are mechanically more demanding than previously thought

A study has analyzed the mechanical properties and the isotopic composition of plant foods eaten by chimpanzees living in the tropical rain forest and savannah woodland. They found that the ...

Sun 12 Aug 18 from ScienceDaily

Tough life in the savannah? Chimpanzee foods are mechanically more demanding than previously thought, Fri 10 Aug 18 from Eurekalert

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