Thursday, February 05, 2015

Chimpanzees Change Accent To Fit In With Friends

Most people will find that their accents change subtly if they spend enough time in a different area or country.

But it seems the same is true of chimpanzees.

Scientists have discovered that when groups of chimps merge, they alter their accents until they are all grunting in the same manner.

The ability to modify vocalisations to fit in with social groups was believed to be a purely human trait until now.

"Our study shows that chimpanzee referential food calls are not fixed in their structure and that, when exposed to a new social group, chimpanzees can change their calls to sound more like their group mates," says Katie Slocombe of the University of York.

Full story here.

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