The National Science Foundation awarded a $168,766 federal grant to Columbia University researchers to study the sexual behavior of wild blue monkeys by analyzing monkey feces in Africa. The project, which is titled "Group size and reproductive success of female and male blue monkeys," seeks "to understand the evolutionary basis of group living." However, the investigation requires the scientists to observe the monkeys doing some interesting business. According to the abstract, "[t]he researchers monitor demographic changes, female social and sexual behavior, and collect fecal samples for genetic paternity assignment using microsatellite loci." The same Columbia University researcher was previously awarded $276,219 in federal grant money to study African blue monkeys also by collecting and analyzing feces.
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