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Syntax sets human language apart from other natural communication systems, although its evolutionary origins are obscure. Here we show that free-ranging putty-nosed monkeys combine two vocalizations into different call sequences that are linked to specific external events, such as the presence of a predator and the imminent movement of the group. Our(More)
indeed he played the major role in its development. But the idea originated with Price, in an unpublished manuscript that Maynard Smith had reviewed for Nature. Maynard Smith later explained that " Dr Price is better at having ideas than at publishing them. The best I can do therefore is to acknowledge that if there is anything in the idea the credit should(More)
Many animal vocal signals are given in a wide range of contexts which can sometimes have little in common. Yet, to respond adaptively, listeners must find ways to identify the cause of a signal, or at least rule out alternatives. Here, we investigate the nature of this process in putty-nosed monkeys, a forest primate. In this species, adult males have a(More)
Syntax is widely considered the feature that most decisively sets human language apart from other natural communication systems. Animal vocalisations are generally considered to be holistic with few examples of utterances meaning something other than the sum of their parts. Previously, we have shown that male putty-nosed monkeys produce call series(More)
Fridays 11am-1pm Location TBA " The predisposition to religious belief is the most complex and powerful force in the human mind and in all probability an ineradicable part of human nature… It is one of the universals of [human] social behavior, taking recognizable form in every society from hunter-gatherer bands to socialist republics " Edward O. Wilson(More)
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