chimpanzee nests cleaner than humans beds: New Study Suggests

New Study Suggests Chimpanzees Have Cleaner Beds Than Humans

A new study has discovered that chimpanzee nests may be cleaner than humans. So after conducting new result, it shows that there is lower number of body-derived bacteria in chimpanzee nests than in humans’ bed.

The research has published in Royal Society Open Science. It has looked at the diversity of bacteria found in the beds of chimpanzees – also known as nests – which they build in the trees every single night by bending and weaving branches. They found that the nests harbored fewer bacteria from their bodies than human beds, but crucially the study did not assess the overall number of bacteria.

“We know that human homes are effectively their own ecosystems, and human beds often contain a subset of the taxa – or types – of organisms found in the home,” explained study co-author Megan Thoemmes. “For example, about 35 percent of bacteria in human beds stem from our own bodies, including fecal, oral, and skin bacteria.

“We wanted to know how this compares with some of our closest evolutionary relatives, the chimpanzees, which make their own beds daily.”

Researchers were able to build up a picture of the diversity of microorganisms living in the chimpanzee nests.

chimpanzee nest built in a tree
chimpanzee nest built in a tree

“They found that while the diversity of bacteria living in the nests was much greater than what was found in human beds – which is hardly surprising considering they are living in forests – the proportion of microorganisms that come from the body was much smaller. In fact, they discovered that just 3.5 percent of the bacteria sampled from the nests was derived from chimpanzee skin, saliva, or feces” noticed IFLScience.

The problem with this study is that all it concentrated on the diversity of the bacteria found in these nests and where that bacteria was derived from, rather than the total number. The researchers don’t note how much bacteria are present in chimpanzee nests compared to human beds.

Source: IFLScience

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