30 Oct '16, 2am

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...

Full article: http://www.atrailrunnersblog.com/2016/10/the-louder-monke...

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