Scientists find Chimpanzees change vocalized accents in new social environments

February 5, 2015 10:58 PM

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A new study suggests that chimpanzees have developed the shrewd ability to take on the accents of new social groups they mix with, and they do this by altering their call grunts in the exact accent of their new friends or environments.

According to Katie Slocombe of the University of York, “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.”

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