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Image Gallery: Adorable Vervet Monkeys Conform to Peers

Vervet Monkeys

vervet monkeys

(Image credit: Image © Erica van de Waal)

Vervet monkeys (Chlorocebus aethiops) are Old World Monkeys native to Africa. A recent study showed that vervets conform to the eating preferences of their peers. Above: Adult male, Dublin, feeding on pink-dyed corn with juveniles from his group.

Vervet Monkeys

vervet monkeys

(Image credit: Image © Erica van de Waal)

Adult male, Dublin, feeding on pink-dyed corn with juveniles from his group.

Vervet Monkeys

vervet monkeys

(Image credit: Image © Erica van de Waal)

Mother, Jakarta, and a juvenile female, Lhassa, feeding on pink-dyed corn.

Vervet Monkeys

vervet monkeys

(Image credit: Image © Erica van de Waal)

Adult male, Milano, feeding on blue-dyed corn.

Vervet Monkeys

vervet monkeys

(Image credit: Image © Erica van de Waal)

Monkeys from Noha group feeding on pink-dyed corn.

Vervet Monkeys

vervet monkeys

(Image credit: Image © Erica van de Waal)

Monkeys from Noha group feeding on pink-dyed corn.

Vervet Monkeys

vervet monkeys

(Image credit: Image © Erica van de Waal)

Infant, Porto, discovers pink-dyed corn sitting next to his mother, Paris, and other relatives.

Vervet Monkeys

vervet monkeys

(Image credit: Image © Erica van de Waal)

Jumping juvenile.

Vervet Monkeys

vervet monkeys

(Image credit: Image © Erica van de Waal)

Juveniles of Noha group sitting in tree during a food coloring experiment.

Tanya was a staff writer for Live Science from 2013 to 2015, covering a wide array of topics, ranging from neuroscience to robotics to strange/cute animals. She received a graduate certificate in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a bachelor of science in biomedical engineering from Brown University. She has previously written for Science News, Wired, The Santa Cruz Sentinel, the radio show Big Picture Science and other places. Tanya has lived on a tropical island, witnessed volcanic eruptions and flown in zero gravity (without losing her lunch!). To find out what her latest project is, you can visit her website.