That stinky gorilla may be trying to say something

By Sarah Zielinski, 13:06 PM July 14, 2014

Animals can use scent as simple signs of things like “I’m scared” or “I’m stressed.” This can reach a more complex level of communication, though, if the emission of an odor changes based on the relationship of the animal putting out that scent and the one smelling it (for example, telling only your mom when you’re scared).

Fifty years ago, George Schaller (now vice president of Panthera, a wild cat conservation group) noted that the scent of a wild gorilla group leader — the silverback male —...

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