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Archive for December 12th, 2009

A sign from…

Posted by 1minionsopinion on December 12, 2009

My frying pan!

The snake offering Eve temptation!

In my frying pan! Just now! It’s totally amazing! And since I’m hungry, I’m going to drizzle all the goodness that is syrup all over it and enjoy every bite of this breakfast!


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Monkey Linguistics

Posted by dorian on December 12, 2009

Monkey alarm calls provide clues to origins of human language

Monkeys form very primitive sentences, scientists have discovered, in research that brings us closer to understanding the origins of language.

By Richard Alleyne, Science Correspondent

Photo: National Geographic Animal Gallery

Published: 2:15PM GMT 11 Dec 2009

A team found the Campbell’s monkey can add a simple sound to its alarm calls to create new ones and then combine them to convey even more information.

Human language is incredibly complex, but one defining feature is the process of adding a prefix or suffix to a word to change its meaning.

For example, adding “hood” to the word “brother” to form “brotherhood”.

Researchers looking at Campbell’s monkeys (Cercopithecus campbelli campbelli) in the Ivory Coast’s Tai National Park found that these primates do a similar thing. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Nature, Nerdus Momentus, Science | 7 Comments »