Chimpanzees Learn New Calls For Particular Objects From Foreign Counterparts

February 6, 2015 11:19 AM

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Chimpanzees Learn New Calls For Particular Objects From Foreign Counterparts

Chimpanzees are known for using special grunts when they ask for food, and other members of their group know exactly what those calls mean. Now, a new study has revealed that when two separate groups of chimps are kept together, they can learn calls from their new peers.

The study, published in the journal Current Biology on Thursday, suggested that the calls chimps use for food are not fixed in their structure like human words. When chimpanzees are exposed to a new group, they can pick up new food calls by making changes to their referential grunts to better commun...

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