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geophagia

[‚jē·ə′fā·jə]
(zoology)
Soil ingestion by animals.
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Records of geophagy on arboreal termite nests involves primate species, which are benefited by mineral supplementation and stomach pH buffering (Mahaney et al.
Krishnamani R and WC Mahaney Geophagy among primates: adaptive significance and ecological consequences.
Wenzel Geissler, "The Significance of Earth-Eating: Social and Cultural Aspects of Geophagy Among Luo Children," Africa 70 (2000): 668-69.
Some birds use geophagy just to get grit (pebbles or coarse sand) to help their gizzards grind up food.
Believe it or not, the practice of geophagy, or dirt-ingestion, is practiced by many cultures in Africa, Indonesia, the Caribbean, even the southern U.
Clay licks and other geophagy sites provide good opportunities to study mixed species aggregations.
20) Total available nutrients in the geophagy soils were estimated by using the efficiency of the gastric extractions compared with the total mineral content as calculated by Gilardi et al.
Most of us would consider that level of geophagy at
Importantly, Rowland demystifies geophagy and notes that, across the continent, clay and charcoal consumption functioned to detoxify poisonous substances and was a critical component in Aboriginal dietary adaptation to the Australian environment.
The roles of soil characteristics and toxin adsorption in avian geophagy.
Abstract: The practice of geophagy, in particular the consumption of clay and charcoal by humans, is global in its distribution, is of considerable antiquity and has a number of complex functions.