Animal languages more than grunts

 

imagesMultiple media outlets around the world have covered a study led by Arik Kershenbaum, a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis at UT, which finds that the calls of many animals, from whales to wolves, might contain more language-like structure than previously thought. The study raises new questions about the evolutionary origins of human language. The research analyzed the vocal sequences of seven different species of birds and mammals and found that they appear to be generated by complex statistical processes, more akin to human language. The study was featured in the Washington Post, Science, the BBC, the Daily Mail, Yahoo! News, News Africa Tonight, and Delhi Daily News.

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