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Researchers Discover Gestures and Sounds Elephants Use to Greet Each Other When Reuniting, With Traits Previously Believed Unique to Human Language

Elephants are extraordinary animals, known for their complex social interactions and sophisticated communication system. A recent study published in Nature Communications has revealed new and significant findings about how elephants use multimodal signals to communicate during greeting rituals between individuals reuniting. The study, led by researchers from the University of Vienna, focused on observing and […]

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First Evidence that Parrots Not Only Talk but also Have Different Dialects According to Their City of Residence

Over the past 50 years since monk parakeets (Myiopsitta monachus) first arrived in Europe from South America, the invasive species has spread throughout the continent and developed distinct dialects that vary between countries and even cities, according to a team of researchers from the Max Planck Institutes of Animal Behavior in Konstanz and Human Evolution […]

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Researchers Uncover Elephants Giving Each Other Unique Names, a Trait Previously Exclusive to Humans

The use of proper names to refer to other individuals is a universal feature of human language. However, few similar examples are found in other species. While dolphins and parrots address others by imitating their calls, human names do not imitate the sounds that people typically make. Researchers in Animal Behavior studied the vocal communications […]