Nutrition In Wild Orangutans: Insights Into Human Health

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Nutrition In Wild Orangutans: Insights Into Human Health
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The Leakey Foundation says
While nutrition has been recognized as critical to health in humans and other primates, we are still discovering how primate nutritional strategies affect the energetics and health of wild primates. Orangutans are a useful energetic model for human evolution because they share several adaptations with humans, including the propensity to store fat and utilize fat reserves when food is scarce. Studying wild orangutans offers a unique opportunity to integrate metabolic physiology and health with foraging in an ecological context, providing a natural experiment to examine the multi-dimensional relationships of nutrition, energetics, and health. Primate dietary ecologist, Dr. Erin Vogel, will discuss how information from diet, behavior, and physiology can help us understand how orangutans are adapted for survival in Borneo's forests and shed light on the current obesity epidemic in modern day humans.
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By: The Leakey Foundation

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