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Lemur lovers sync their scents
January 31, 2014
Mating pairs of lemurs mirror each other's scent-marking behavior and even start to smell alike after they have reproduced. Matched scents are possibly a way to combine territory defenses or to advertise their relationship status to the rest of their group, according to researchers at the Duke University Lemur Center. Couples who haven't had kids yet spend the most time scent-marking and investigating each other's odors.
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