Scott Dunlap's blog of trail running, ultrarunning, triathlon, and other life adventures. I enjoy the physical, emotional, and spiritual journey of outdoor events and the chance to meet cool people. This blog contains interviews, research, original fiction, new product ideas, and all things trail running.
Saturday, October 29, 2016
The Louder The Monkey, The Smaller His Balls
Howler monkeys are the loudest land animals on Earth, capable of eardrum-shattering volumes of 140 decibels (that's like a jet engine at takeoff). Not surprisingly, male howler monkeys frequently use this power to advertise their sexual fitness, catcalling females with their ear-splitting roars.
(MY BALLS ARE SO SMALL! HEAR MY ROAR!!!)
However, in a shockingly funny twist of expectations, scientists have now found that the louder the monkey’s calls, the smaller the monkey’s balls. A team based out of Cambridge University came to this conclusion by comparing the size of dozens of monkeys’ testes with the hyoid bones located in their voice boxes, which revealed a negative correlation between decibel levels and testicular endowment. The results are published today in the journal Current Biology.
I am soooo using this catch phrase, particularly as the 2016 elections come to a close. ;-)