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Department of Evolutionary Anthropology

Comparative Communication and Cognition Group

We are interested in the evolutionary origins of human language. By taking a broad comparative approach, investigating the vocal communication and cognition skills of a disparate array of primate and non-primate animals (chimpanzees, bonobos, chestnut-crowned babblers, magpies), we aim to unpack the similarities and differences between animal and human communication. This approach will help elucidate the phylogenetic age of the human language faculty and the selective conditions that promoted its emergence.

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