Monthly Archives: May 2010

 

Boozing Treeshrews: Heavyweight drinkers in small packages

Posted 2 May 2010 by Anne-Marie Hodge

Although political and moral stances on alcohol use have gone back and forth over the decades, anthropological studies suggest that low-level alcohol ingestion has been an important factor in primate evolution. Alcohol is associated with ripe, nutrient-rich fruits, in addition to functioning as an appetite stimulant to quickly take advantage of ephemeral food resources (Dudley 2002). As highly mobile herbivores, primates could have benefited these alcohol-producing plants through pollination and wide seed dispersal capabilities, leading to important mutualisms and possible... Read more