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Self-Medicative Behavior in the African Great Apes: An Evolutionary Perspective into the Origins of

Self-Medicative Behavior in the African Great Apes: An Evolutionary Perspective into the Origins of

  1. Synesthesiac
    BioScience;Aug2001, Vol. 51 Issue 8, p651

    ABSTRACT


    Presents an article which looks at the study of great ape self-medication, and view that it provides a window into the origins of herbal medicine use by humans. Outlook for how the study could provide insights into ways of treating parasite infections and other diseases; Discussion of support which has been gained for zoopharmacognosy, or animal self-medication; Mention of bitter-pith chewing and leaf-swallowing behavior among great apes; Impact of bitter-pith chewing on parasite load.