April 5th, 2008

Osaka

Boys will be boys, and so will monkeys

Male monkeys prefer boys' toys (New Scientist)

This isn't the first study to show that monkey boys prefer to play with toy cars. Given the pausity of cars in the natural monkey environment, one has to suspect that their motivation is subtly different from that of older human males and their obsession with cars, but we don't know how much. The next experiment should involve teaching monkeys how to drive.