Gorillas Use Body Odor to Communicate

When it comes to wild ape communication, it’s not just monkey see, monkey do — it’s also monkey smell, monkey do. A new study finds that gorillas use odor signals to communicate.

The study — the first analysis of chemical signaling in wild gorillas — may also shed light on how odor signalling between humans evolved.

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The study originated when researchers studying western lowland gorillas in the Central African Republic noticed that the leader of the group emitted partic

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