February 22, 2014

Fruit-Loving Lemurs Score Higher on Spatial Memory Tests

Seasonal, hard-to-get food requires a mind that remembers locations

Food-finding tests in five lemur species show that fruit-eaters may have better spatial memory than lemurs with a more varied diet.

The results support the idea that relying on foods that are seasonally available and far-flung gives a competitive edge to individuals with certain cognitive abilities -- such as remembering where the goodies are.