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.