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Population-Level Asymmetry of Hand Preference in Lemurs

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Captive ring-tailed lemurs, Lemur catta, were assessed for hand preference in order to determine what the proportion of preference for the left and right might be for the population. Twenty of a total of 22 animals showed "left" hand preferences consistently over four categories of spontaneous behaviours. Left-hand specialization for manipulation, accompanied by specialization for postural support involving the right forelimb occurs in the species.

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Affiliations: 1: (Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University, Inuyama, Aichi 484, Japan)


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