50 varieties of fruit per day!

Published: 08 December, 2013 01:47 IST | Agencies |

That's what some of the mid-sized primates in Central and South America prefer on their menu, according to new research on monkeys

Researchers have found that some monkeys in South and Central America eat as many as 50 different species of fruit a day. A team from the University of East Anglia said that primate size and diet are closely connected. They found that mid-sized species including Saki monkeys were the biggest fruit consumers.

Monkeys aren’t choosy. If it’s not bananas, any other fruit will do. Pic AFP

The scientists pulled together data from 290 studies of dietsin primates in Central and South America. They found a clear relationship between animal size and dietary preferences.

While monkeys are associated with eating bananas, they found it wasn’t the most popular fruit in South and Central America. Instead, fruits from relatively unknown trees including the Pouteria and Brosimum, were preferred.  

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