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Thu Dec 7, 2017, 10:15 PM

Self Medication by Orangatans Using Bioactive Plants.

The following paper is in Nature's open sourced journal Scientific Reports: Self-medication by orang-utans (Pongo pygmaeus) using bioactive properties of Dracaena cantleyi (I. Foitová et al, Scientific Reports 7, Article number: 16653 (2017))

This apparently is not the first instance among primates of this type of behavior, but it is only one of two examples of such a behavior of apes not originating in Africa. (As we originated in Africa, our particular species of ape does not qualify.)

According to this paper, orangatans have been observed to process (by chewing) this plant and then rubbing the resulting lather on their fur. Biological assays of the pulp of the plant showed, using cellular assays, that the plant had pronounced anti-inflammatory properties.

The paper is, again, open sourced, so there is no reason to excerpt it.

It's interesting, especially for the description of other species that self medicate.

Fascinating, I think.

Have a nice Friday tomorrow.

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NNadir Dec 2017 OP
cpamomfromtexas Dec 2017 #1
RandomAccess Dec 2017 #2
Judi Lynn Dec 2017 #3
fleabiscuit Dec 2017 #4
Bernardo de La Paz Dec 2017 #5
NNadir Dec 2017 #7
Bernardo de La Paz Dec 2017 #8
Solly Mack Dec 2017 #6

Response to NNadir (Original post)

Thu Dec 7, 2017, 10:40 PM

1. Awesome. Thank you for posting

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Response to NNadir (Original post)

Thu Dec 7, 2017, 11:14 PM

2. Native Americans routinely observed animals

 

for what they consumed to discover both food and herbal remedies. I think animals helped them locate water, and so forth as well.

So this is nice, and interesting, but not exactly earth shaking. I'm really glad scientists know this now.

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Response to NNadir (Original post)

Fri Dec 8, 2017, 01:01 AM

3. Thank you, NNadir. Totally new subject to some of us.

Impressive learning something about these furry beings, and their awareness of their environment.

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Response to NNadir (Original post)

Sat Dec 9, 2017, 12:51 AM

4. Thanks, that's very interesting. nt

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Response to NNadir (Original post)

Sun Dec 10, 2017, 10:55 AM

5. Zoopharmacognosy


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoopharmacognosy

The term derives from Greek roots zoo ( "animal" ), pharma ( "drug" ), and gnosy ( "knowing" ).


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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #5)

Mon Dec 11, 2017, 01:26 AM

7. Cool word, that. Having been born in Brooklyn...

...I'll probably mangle it when pronouncing it, but that's been the story of my life.

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Response to NNadir (Reply #7)

Mon Dec 11, 2017, 03:42 AM

8. Zoh-oh-pharma-cog-noh-see. But making the first bit "zoo" is probably ok too. :) . . . nt

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Response to NNadir (Original post)

Sun Dec 10, 2017, 06:05 PM

6. K&R

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