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July 28, 2016
Voice control in orangutan gives clues to early human speech
Durham, UK (SPX) Jul 28, 2016
An adolescent orangutan called Rocky could provide the key to understanding how speech in humans evolved from the time of the ancestral great apes, according to new research. In an imitation "do-as-I-do" game, eleven-year-old Rocky, who was eight at the time of the research, was able to copy the pitch and tone of sounds made by researchers to make vowel-like calls. The discovery, led by Dr Adriano Lameira of Durham University, UK, shows that orangutans could have the ability to control their ... read more

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