Feces study gets the poop on gorillas’ diet

Chemical traces in animals’ droppings reflect recent shifts in food consumption

By Tanya Lewis, 15:35 PM December 10, 2012

Chemical signatures in a gorilla’s feces reveal a lot about short-term changes in its diet, a new study finds.

What an animal eats tells scientists how it survives in its habitat and adapts to environmental changes. But observing animals dining in the wild isn’t always practical. Now, researchers have tracked monthly shifts in the diets of wild mountain gorillas by measuring different forms of carbon in the animals’ feces.

Researchers monitored eastern gorillas (Gorilla beringei) in the B...

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