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The red colouration of female macaques explained

By 18th July 2019 July 22nd, 2019 No Comments

What is the link between female colouration and attractiveness in the animal world ? A team of researchers from the Eco-anthropologie laboratory (CNRS/Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle/Université de Paris), Kyoto University, and New York University have now studied Japanese macaques to answer this question.

They have shown that, contrary to what had previousy been assumed, colour variations among female macaques do not precisely indicate the time of ovulation. The findings are reported in Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology.

Read the research paper: The redder the better? Information content of red skin coloration in female Japanese macaques, Lucie Rigaill, James P. Higham, Sandra Winters, Cécile Garcia. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 10.1007/s00265-019-2712-x

Read the news alert from the CNRS.