Aug 27 2012

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: I don’t think I want to hear that song

(via NatGeo)


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    Ace of Sevens

    Why not? That monkey is totally metal.

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    New England Bob

    Its a yawn

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    Glen Davidson

    “Try calling me a lesser ape again!”

    Glen Davidson

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    Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls

    Looks like the key of b(ite).

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    Interesting… the photo and pose has a sort of
    Al ‘Hirschfeld-esque’ quality to it; could have been a character in one of his drawings.

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    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Singin’? Eructatin’? Yawnin’? Hollerin’?

    Hard to say which but probably one.

    Also what is it – howler monkey of some variety I’m guessin’?

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    I believe it is a white cheeked gibbon female (white cheeked gibbon males are black).

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    No, now I think I’m wrong because there is no black patch on the top of it’s head.

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    Lar Gibbon female?

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    I’m guessing it’s “None Shall Sleep”.

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    Sheesh people, this happens all the time. Check the link first, unless speculating is more fun or something.

    From the NatGeo caption: “A lar, or white-handed, gibbon yawns.”

    The article describes how they are able to produce loud, single-tone calls that travel long distances through dense jungle. So yeah, not a good choice for a pet in a suburb.

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    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    Heh. Instructions, maps, or links? Fuck no!

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    “I am the baddest primate!”

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    Nice choppers!

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    JohnnieCanuck, sorry, I will click the link in future.

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    Bears a striking resemblance to “Ecce Homo”.

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    Matt G

    Definitely a yawn. The gibbon is thinking “I’m getting tired of waiting for you stupid humans to go extinct so I can have my planet back”.

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    They’re waiting for us to blow it up, us maniacs.

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    It’s sending a message to the monolith saying (rough translation) “Mission control? Can I please return home now? These feckers are so stooopid they haven’t discovered slood yet, think digital watches are neat, and are still infested with peas.”

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    David Marjanović

    PZ, gibbons sing beautifully.

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    When Gibbons call they generally puff out a large throat pouch. And they are loud. I love the gibbons at my zoo, they swing about like gymnasts while hooting at high volume. It’s great fun for the kids. I don’t think I’ve actually heard the white handed gibbons doing it though; the ones at the zoo just don’t seem nearly as interested in noisy display as the Siamang gibbons. They’re smallish and maybe not as loud as the Siamang gibbons, who are the big loud ones. Also not sure how much throat pouch they have. But I do love gibbons. One of the many particularly educational animals at the zoo. Kids really are fascinated by the apes, and it’s a great way to get them thinking about how we’re all related, even at an early age. Plus, I love that when the other kids go “Look at the monkeys”, mine will say, “They’re not monkeys, they’re gibbons.” Ah, little pedants.

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    David Marjanović

    Nice choppers!

    And nice wisdom teeth. :-)

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    She’singing “Fangs…for the memories…”

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    I can’t look at the picture without imagining it singing ROXANNNE

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    Clearly it’s “AAAAH! I stubbed my freaking toe!!”

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    Die Anyway

    I looked at those teeth and thought “damn, that doesn’t look like a vegetarian”. So I checked. It’s a bit of an omnivore but mostly vegetarian: “In general, when data is combined among study sites, the lar gibbon diet includes fruit (66%), leaves (24%), flowers (1%), and insects (9%) although in individual studies there can be some significant variation by locality”

    The teeth must be primarily a defense mechanism. Works for me.

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    And here I was thinking they’d be good for opening coconuts.

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    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    @ 11. JohnnieCanuck :

    Sheesh people, this happens all the time. Check the link first, unless speculating is more fun or something.

    Oh. Right. Doh. Yep, shoulda done that although guessing is kinda fun too. Cheers.

    Linked article there with monkeys on helium was pretty good and worth clicking too.

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    Pfft, links! Where’s the fun in that?

    (Dammit, a minute of google image searching for no reason. :c)

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