Saturday, December 03, 2005

Monkey See Monkey Do

First of all, sorry it has been awhile since I have posted. Life has been crazy as we are now entering into the Holiday Season. Secondly, though its not often that I give praise to a member of the Bush cabinet, a big well done to Dr. Rice for her superb performance in peace talks last week. Her insight in pushing forward a plan giving Palestinians control over their own border in Gaza was a wise one and it is my hope that it will continue the progress seen over this past year.

And finally, I have some exciting information to share with you all. Or maybe this will just highlight my nerdyness. As of last week, I have been corresponding with a Professor out of Cambridge regarding work he has been doing with Capuchin monkeys in Brazil. Though anomalous of my typical studies, I find these little guys delightfully interesting. When faced with arid climates and food sources are scarce they engage in a peculiar activity. Climbing trees, they knock down nuts that shells are far too thick for them to break. Trying to access the nut they fail and throw them aside. Well only seemingly so; they place the nuts in piles and leave them out in the sun for several days to dry. They then bring rocks up from streambeds, sometimes miles away, that often have the same mass as the monkeys themselves. Placing the nut on a boulder Capuchins proceed to lift the rock over their heads and thrust it into the nut, thereby cracking its shell and gaining access to the nut inside. Ladies and Gentlemen, basic agrarian practice in a simple monkey and further the monkeys have to be taught how to do this by older members of the clan. Scarcity promotes innovation.

4 Comments:

At 3:47 PM, Blogger travis said...

Can anything good come out of the Bush cabinet?
It's nice to know that you have been taking some time out of your schedule to monkey around. (bad)

 
At 3:19 PM, Blogger bombasticbeats said...

Dude, I had no idea you were into monkeys. Wait, that came out weird.

 
At 11:14 AM, Blogger travis said...

Dale- Have you seen Zao's DVD, 'The LEsser Lights of Heaven'? It's great.

 
At 2:20 PM, Blogger travis said...

Post someting new. I am tired of seeing this monkey.
By the way, I saw you tried calling last night and will call you back soon.

 

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