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Monkeys with small testicles howl loudest, keep ‘harem’ of females

Loud mannerisms help some monkeys.

By Raif Kareratmonkey

A study conducted by an international team of scientists has revealed that howler monkeys with the loudest vocalizations are in fact compensating for smaller testicles.

Dr. Jacob C. Dunn and his team of researchers published the results of their study titled “Evolutionary Trade-Off between Vocal Tract and Testes Dimensions in Howler Monkeys” in which they found that the primates can only have either a bigger and deeper voice for mating calls or bigger testes for a more abundant supply of sperm — but not both.

Dunn and his team used 3D laser scans to analyze the size of the howler monkeys’ vocal organ, called a hyoid, which is a cup shaped chamber in their throat that acts as an echo chamber.

The researchers found that males with large hyoids and deeper roars but more diminutive testes live in small social groups with often only one male dominating a number of females – a “harem” social model.

Males with bigger testes and smaller hyoids live in large groups with up to five or six males where the females mate with all males in the group.

“It may be that investment in developing a large vocal organ and roaring is so costly that there is simply not enough energy left to invest in testes,” Dunn informed the Daily Mail. ” Alternatively, using a large vocal organ for roaring may be so effective at deterring rival males that there is no need to invest in large testes,” he continued.



  • Hansjurg

    So an elephant and a mouse were walking through the jungle when the elephant fell into a quagmire and began sinking.

    “Oh, friend mouse! Please save me!” cried the elephant.

    The mouse ran home and jumped in his Ferrari, then drove to the elephant and used the car to pull him out of the quagmire.

    “Oh, thank you, friend mouse!” said the elephant, and they continued their walk in the jungle. Soon the mouse slipped and fell into a mud puddle and began sinking.

    “Oh friend elephant! Please save me!” cried the mouse.

    The elephant dropped his humongous dick into the mud puddle and the mouse grabbed onto it while the elephant used it to pull him out, and then they resumed walking through the jungle. the best of friends.

    The moral of the story is that with a big dick you don’t need a snappy car!

  • ChargerGrant

    Just like in humans!

  • nosake

    define “harem”

  • pseudegraphia

    “Monkeys with small testicles howl loudest…”
    Reminds me of every jock that tormented me in school.