Why do em­peror tamarins have such big mous­taches?

The Week - Junior - - Animals And The Environment -

David Waite, keeper at ZSL Lon­don Zoo

Em­peror tamarins are known for their big mous­taches, but sci­en­tists are still not sure what they are for. The most likely rea­son is to help groups of tamarins see each other in the dense rain­for­est. The big­ger and more vis­i­ble the mous­tache, the more likely they will be seen by other mem­bers of their group, and this en­sures that ev­ery­one is ac­counted for.

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