Coming and going, mandrills are the most colorful monkeys

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Coming and going, mandrills are the most colourful monkeys

Is “peacocking” to pick up girls at the bar not working for you? Try mandrilling! Image generated by DALL-E.

From the pages of popular children’s books to Hollywood’s big screens, monkeys and apes have filled our imagination with the possibility of mischief and innocence, of companionship, wisdom, and even wild rebellion. From the simple appearance of Curious George to the orange fur of Dr. Zaius, we tend to think of all apes and monkeys as fairly simple creatures, when it comes to appearances. But there is one monkey which takes the prize for its outlandish expression of vibrant colour and impressive display of male dominance.

The mandrills (Metazooa animal #263) of Africa’s western coastal rainforests may resemble baboons, but in fact —they are of a genus almost unique to themselves. What sets them apart from all monkeys is their colourful appearance. Dominant males showcase their status through their colours. Higher testosterone levels result in a more vivid expression of the intense crimson topping their muzzles. Framed in shocking neon blue ridges, the mandrill’s snout sits atop a golden beard and mane, giving it a fantastical and regal appearance sure to set it apart among any crowd. And while this alone is enough to call attention, the mandrill is just as spectacular from behind. Many monkeys have colourful backsides, but the mandrill takes this trick to the next level. Blues, reds, purples and pinks own the term “sexual signalling,” making the mandrill one of boldest examples in the animal kingdom.

Mandrills are so outlandish and deliciously “over-the-top” that biologist Charles Darwin famously stated, “no other member in the whole class of mammals is coloured in so extraordinary a manner.” We may never know which end of the mandrill impressed him the most, but it seems clear that this incredible monkey may have influenced Darwin’s impression that humans somehow share ancestry with creatures as bold and flashy as we are.

Answers to last week's games

Monday, April 15 to Sunday, April 21.


  • Apr 15 Iceland

  • Apr 16 Iraq

  • Apr 17 Palau

  • Apr 18 Italy

  • Apr 19 Kosovo

  • Apr 20 Poland

  • Apr 21 Finland

  • Apr 22 Play now!

Globle: Capitals

  • Apr 15 Belgrade

  • Apr 16 Baghdad

  • Apr 17 Copenhagen

  • Apr 18 San Salvador

  • Apr 19 Colombo

  • Apr 20 Skopje

  • Apr 21 Saint John's

  • Apr 22 Play now!


  • #380 Augustus

  • #381 Charles Darwin

  • #382 Vincent van Gogh

  • #383 The Duke of Wellington

  • #384 John Calvin

  • #385 George Frideric Handel

  • #386 Neville Chamberlain

  • #387 Play now!


  • #148 Alden Pyle

  • #149 Yossarian

  • #150 Aragorn

  • #151 Newland Archer

  • #152 Don Quixote

  • #153 Lisbeth Salander

  • #154 Tom Ripley

  • #155 Play now!


  • #259 coyote

  • #260 barracuda

  • #261 mosquito

  • #262 hummingbird

  • #263 mandrill

  • #264 lemur

  • #265 platypus

  • #259 Play now!


  • #198 chicory

  • #199 wasabi

  • #200 daisy

  • #201 silkworm mulberry

  • #202 sage

  • #203 bok choy

  • #204 geranium

  • #198 Play now!


The following are the shortest paths from last week:

  • #63 expense -> money -> words -> dictionary -> definition

  • #64 restriction -> provide -> cook -> pan

  • #65 radio -> station -> located -> found

  • #66 assign -> charge -> electric -> motor

  • #67 track -> race -> struggle -> difficult

  • #68 marry -> together -> addition -> additional

  • #69 testify -> judgement -> resulting -> subsequent

  • #70 Play now!


"Brigadier of Engineers" by Francisco de Goya

Forgery of week, from April 17
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Goya, Francisco de. Ignacio Garcini y Queralt (1752–1825), Brigadier of Engineers. 1804, oil paint on canvas, 104.1 x 83.2 cm. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, accession no. 436542.

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