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Kathleen Tarlow

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Do animals show handedness?
« on: 05/11/2010 09:30:04 »
Kathleen Tarlow  asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Hello Chris,

As always, love the show. Here's my question:

My daughter is 16 months old, and she's just beginning to show a preference in "handedness". So this seems to be something that develops in the brain, an asymmetry. Do other animals show any similar asymmetry like this? Are other primates right- or left-handed? What is the reason for this asymmetry?

Thanks,
Kathleen Tarlow
Oregon

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Do animals show handedness?
« Reply #1 on: 05/11/2010 14:59:00 »
Yes.. polar bears have been known to show handedness.. as with orang utans..


Incidentally, orang utans (and quite possibly other primates) also get 'human' diseases like diabetes.

 

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