Complex vocal imitation during ontogeny in a bat.

  title={Complex vocal imitation during ontogeny in a bat.},
  author={Mirjam Kn{\"o}rnschild and Martina Nagy and Markus Metz and Frieder Mayer and Otto von Helversen},
  journal={Biology letters},
  volume={6 2},
Vocal imitation--the ability to learn a previously unknown acoustic signal from a tutor--is considered to be a key innovation in the evolution of speech. This faculty is very rare and patchily distributed within the animal kingdom, suggesting multiple instances of convergent evolution. It has long been predicted that bats should be capable of vocal imitation and our results provide evidence for this phenomenon. We report that pups of the bat Saccopteryx bilineata learn a complex vocalization… CONTINUE READING
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