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Lemurs’ love language is fragrance

One lemur waves its tale at another seated lemur

A male ring-tailed lemur (left) waves his tail at a female. Before such displays, males anoint their tails with a sweet-smelling compound that oozes from their wrist glands. Credit: Chigusa Tanaka/Japan Monkey Centre

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Nature 580, 435 (2020)




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