This is news?

Chimpanzees adjust their warning calls if they think a fellow primate hasn’t picked up on a nearby threat, a new study finds.

The results, published in the journal Science Advances, reveal that humans and one of their closest living relatives may share a very special ability, one that could potentially shed light on the origins of language.

Humans have succeeded as a species in large part because of our complex social communication skills — and underlying those skills is the ability to understand another individual’s perspective, and adjust what we say accordingly.


ALL animals do this. Dogs do it, ‘chucks do it, prairie dogs do it and birds do it. If they have the ability to vocalize, they’ve got a warning call.
If you’ve ever been coyote hunting and heard one start yipping fairly close by, you might as well pack your shit up and move to another area because you’ve been spotted. Hell, I’ve seen them 400-500 yards away staring straight at me and yipping.

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7 Responses to This is news?

  1. Exile1981 says:

    It’s saying chimps change the call when they realize the recipient didn’t understand it

  2. bobdog says:

    Birds do it.
    Bees do it.
    Even educated fleas do it.

  3. riverrider says:

    i am constantly amazed at the arrogance of the “scientific community” when it comes to animals. they are still stuck in the “dumb animals’ stage when we regular folks have come to realize that animals have complex language, communication skills and even perhaps telepathy. for that matter, i’m amazed at their arrogance about just about every thing.

    • Wirecutter says:

      All Charlie has to do is look at me and I know what he wants. It’s in his posture, the way he holds his head, his ears and the look in his eyes. Not only that but I swear he understands my words. I talk to him like a person, not a dog, and he understands me better than anybody else.

  4. Hey Bob Dog,——-continuing your post, “lets do it, lets fall in love!”– Eartha Kitt

  5. JB says:

    So basically it’s the animal version of, ‘Hey motherfucker! They’re coming! Get the hell outta here!’

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