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Self-induced Increase of Gut Motility and the Control of Parasitic Infections in Wild Chimpanzees

Huffman, MA; Caton, Judith


When physiological adaptation is insufficient, hosts have developed behavioral responses to avoid or limit contact with parasites. One such behavior, leaf-swallowing, occurs widely among the African great apes. This behavior involves the slow and deliberate swallowing without chewing of whole bristly leaves. Folded one at a time between tongue and palate, the leaves pass through the gastro-intestinal (GI) tract visibly unchanged. Independent studies in two populations of chimpanzees (Pan...[Show more]

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Date published: 2001
Type: Journal article
Source: International Journal of Primatology
DOI: 10.1023/A:1010734310002


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