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The Pyrenean ibex, an impressive mountain goat that lived in the central Pyrenees in Spain, went extinct in 2000. But a...
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Ebola is not a stranger to West Africa—an outbreak in the 1990s killed chimpanzees and sickened one researcher. But the...
In an as-yet-unpublished report, an international panel of geoscientists has concluded that a pair of deadly...
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Earlier this month, researchers reported that parrotlet chicks learn their calls from their parents, much like human children do from mom and dad. The study is the latest to challenge the idea that only humans use language. Why do animals vocalize in the wild? Are these sounds similar to human language? And what might these studies tell us about the evolution of our own language abilities?
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Ofer Tchernichovski is a biopsychology professor at Hunter College, City University of New York. He uses the songbird to study mechanisms of vocal learning. His lab studies the animal behavior and dynamics of vocal learning and sound production across different brain levels. The lab aims to uncover the specific physiological and molecular (gene expression) brain processes that underlie song learning.
Michael J. Owren
Michael J. Owren is a cognitive science professor and biopsychologist at Georgia State University. He and his graduate students study vocal communication in human and nonhuman primates, including laughter and other nonlinguistic vocalizations. Recent work at Georgia State's Language Research Center has demonstrated surprisingly sophisticated speech-perception capabilities in an adult chimpanzee that had been raised from just a few days of age by human caregivers who treated her much as they would a human infant.