Prairie dog alarm calls encode labels about predator colors

  title={Prairie dog alarm calls encode labels about predator colors},
  author={C. Slobodchikoff and A. Paseka and J. Verdolin},
  journal={Animal Cognition},
  • C. Slobodchikoff, A. Paseka, J. Verdolin
  • Published 2008
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Animal Cognition
  • Some animals have the cognitive capacity to differentiate between different species of predators and generate different alarm calls in response. However, the presence of any addition information that might be encoded into alarm calls has been largely unexplored. In the present study, three similar-sized human females walked through a Gunnison’s prairie dog (Cynomys gunnisoni) colony wearing each of three different-colored shirts: blue, green, and yellow. We recorded the alarm calls and used… CONTINUE READING

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