Geochemistry and clay mineralogy of termite mound soil and the role of geophagy in chimpanzees of the Mahale Mountains, Tanzania

  • Mahaney W
  • Hancock R
  • Aufreiter S
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Abstract

Earth from a termite mound in the Mahale Mountains National Park, Tanzania, eaten by chimpanzees, was analyzed to determine the possible stimulus, or stimuli, for geophagy. The termite mound sample contains relatively high aluminum (10.0%), iron (3.0%), and sodium (0.5%). This correlates well with the mineralogy of the clay (

Author-supplied keywords

  • Chimpanzees
  • Geophagy
  • Kaopectate™
  • Metahalloysite
  • Self-medication

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