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Modern cycads have large, heavy seeds with a fleshy outer coat, suggesting they rely on large bodied fruit-eating animals to disperse their seeds. However, little evidence has been found that modern larger-bodied animals like emus or elephants are eating and dispersing the seeds.
Study indicates growing coffee and cacao in shade helps birds
An Australian behavioral ecologist working in Bolivia says she has discovered wild spider monkeys control their diets in a way similar to that of humans. Annika Felton of the Australian National University and colleagues spent a year in the Bolivian rainforest observing the monkeys' feeding habits. Felton said tight regulation of daily protein intake is known to play a role in the development of obesity in humans, and the findings from her research suggest the evolutionary origins of such...
Behavioral ecologists working in Bolivia have found that wild spider monkeys control their diets in a similar way to humans, contrary to what has been thought up to now.
A U.S.-led international team of scientists has solved a long-standing evolutionary mystery involving the spicy hotness of chili peppers. University of Florida Professor Douglas Levey, one of the researchers, said a plant creates fruit to entice animals to eat and disperse its seeds.
- Any of various tropical Old World birds of the family Indicatoridae, some species of which lead people or animals to the nests of wild honeybees. The birds eat the wax and larvae that remain after the nest has been destroyed for its honey.