Measuring the Toughness of Primate Foods and its Ecological Value

  title={Measuring the Toughness of Primate Foods and its Ecological Value},
  author={Peter W Lucas and L E Copes and Paul J Constantino and Erin R Vogel and Janine Chalk and Maur{\'i}cio Talebi and Mariana Landis and Mark S Wagner},
  journal={International Journal of Primatology},
The mechanical properties of plant foods play an important role in the feeding process, being one of many criteria for food acceptance or rejection by primates. One of the simplest justifications for this statement is the general finding that primates tend to avoid foods with high fiber. Although fiber is largely tasteless, odorless, and colorless, it imparts texture, a sensation in the mouth related to the physical properties of foods. All primates encounter such mechanical resistance when… CONTINUE READING
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