Few species communicate in a way remotely as complex as humans. Gelada monkeys are an exception. Geladas ‘talk’ to each other with complex sequences of sounds, but the function of these melodies is a mystery.
Bonobos are our closest living relatives, but we know almost nothing about how they communicate. The research here aims to decode their vocalizations in order begin to unravel the mystery of the evolution of human language.
This project seeks to extend scientific understanding of the role of communication in animal-to-human disease transmission, disease prevention, and environmental conservation.
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