It really is monkey-see, monkey-do, research shows

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Associated Press

Posted on April 25, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 25 at 1:08 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — You don't have to be a teenager to want to fit in at the school lunchroom. New research shows some wild animals seem to follow similar monkey-see, monkey-do eating behavior to follow the crowd.

One study discovered that South African monkeys will switch foods purely because of peer pressure. A second study shows how humpback whales off the coast of New England copied a new way of rounding up a fish meal when they saw it worked for one of them.

The studies are in Thursday's journal Science.

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