Six primates eat leaves
Umami Taste Receptor Evolved with Primates’ Diets
A study suggests that mutations in the gene that encodes the T1R1/T1R3 taste receptor allowed primates that relied on insects for protein to transition to eating leaves and fruit.
ABOVE: Takashi Hayakawa
Umami Taste Receptor Evolved with Primates’ Diets
Umami Taste Receptor Evolved with Primates’ Diets

A study suggests that mutations in the gene that encodes the T1R1/T1R3 taste receptor allowed primates that relied on insects for protein to transition to eating leaves and fruit.

A study suggests that mutations in the gene that encodes the T1R1/T1R3 taste receptor allowed primates that relied on insects for protein to transition to eating leaves and fruit.

ABOVE: Takashi Hayakawa

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