Can Monkeys Talk?

If we believe that Homo sapi­ens (a.k.a. peo­ple) and mon­keys evolved from a com­mon ances­tor, then it makes sense to ask: Can mon­keys use lan­guage like we do? Do they make mere sounds? Or do they use spe­cif­ic sounds to com­mu­ni­cate a range of dif­fer­ent intend­ed things? Robert Sey­far­th, a pro­fes­sor at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia, uses the case of the Vervet Mon­keys to answer these ques­tions. You can read more about his work in The New York Times.


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