The macaques with better dental hygiene than most humans: Researchers find they floss regularly using feathers, fibers from coconuts and even grass blades

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If you thought humans were the only animals that floss - guess again.

A new study has revealed that long-tailed macaques have good dental hygiene habits too,

Monkeys - Variety - Fibers - Bird - Feathers

The monkeys use a variety of improvised fibers, including bird feathers, coconut fibers, blades of grass and even nylon thread as dental floss.

The study also revealed that they use different tools and techniques to clean and access their food, such as smashing coconuts on hard surfaces and using leaves to rub off latex from cashew nuts.



The study, published in the journal Primates, involved observing the behaviors exhibited by a population of long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis umbrosus) on the Indian island of Great Nicobar.

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This macaque species is only found on three islands in the Indian ocean.

According to New Scientist, researchers based at the Sálim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History in Coimbatore, India, followed 20 macaques around a coastal village on Great Nicobar.

Macaques - Preferences - Slimy - Hairy - Thorny

The macaques mostly showed a preferences for slimy, hairy and thorny food, so to remove these coatings from food, they either wash it in puddles or wrap it in leaves and rub the coating off.

They also wrap leaves around specific types of food to help them hold it.

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The monkeys also used trash they found, such as plastic or...
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