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Primates change their ‘accent’ to avoid conflict


New study finds one species will adopt another species’ calls in shared territory

New research has discovered that monkeys will use the “accent” of another species when they enter its territory to help them better understand one another and potentially avoid conflict.

Published in the journal Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, the study is the first to show asymmetric call convergence in primates, meaning that one species chooses to adopt another species’ call patterns to communicate. MORE

Header image: Pied tamarin (Saguinus bicolor). Credit: Tainara Sobroza.