Grooming in primates: Implications for its utilitarian function
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- Hutchins, M. & Barash, D.P. Primates (1976) 17: 145. doi:10.1007/BF02382848
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Captive lion-tailed macaques, ring-tailed lemurs and Celebes black “apes” performed relatively more social grooming of areas which are inaccessible to self-grooming. Combined with considerable circumstantial evidence, this suggests that primate grooming may subserve real utilitarian functions in parasite removal, in addition to its acknowledged social functions.