Talkative Orangutan Shows Scientists How Language Evolved

An orangutan named Rocky is using “wookies” to reveal new insights into the origins of language.

In experiments conducted by a researcher at Amsterdam University, Rocky learned and recited a basic vocabulary of sounds, producing vocalizations no orangutan is known to make. By learning to mimic his human instructor, this talkative primate is lending support to one of the leading theories of language evolution.
Repeat After Me
Adriano Lameira, now a professor in the department of anthropo

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