Monkeys have exhibited an artistic streak in captivity at a Maryland research
facility, the New Scientist magazine reported. Ten capuchin monkeys were given clay
spheres, stones, paint and leaves as raw materials, and then spent up to 30 minutes
reshaping the clay with their hadns and decorating it with paint and leaves.
Captivity may have awakened the animals' creativity since they did not have to spend time looking for food, or evading predators.
"Art doesn't happen unless you are smart, and I think such expressions are
the inevitable consdquence of an intelligent but restless mind," said Westergaard.
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