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Fear of snakes may have helped primates evolve

Rattlesnake common to the deserts and canyons of Utah.

Kelly Servick, ScienceNow
Oct 30 2013 - 2:31pm

The sinuous shape triggers a primal jolt of recognition: snake! A new study of the monkey brain suggests that primates are uniquely adapted to recognize the features of this slithering threat and react in a flash. The results lend support to a controversial hypothesis: that primates as we know them would never have evolved without snakes.

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