Language is often considered a characteristic that differentiates humans from other creatures. But new research is showing that language vocalizations may not be a strictly human phenomenon. According to an article from the Washington Post…
“We don’t know exactly how human language emerged, but we do know that great apes have the cognitive ability to understand language,” said Robert Shumaker, executive vice president and zoo director at the Indianapolis Zoo. “We can no longer say that humans are the only species who can learn new vocalization and control [it] using the vocal folds or voice box.”
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