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Media: BBC: Elephants learn through copying

Submitter: Karen Chung

Submitter Email: karchung@ntu.edu.tw
Linguistic Field(s): Not Applicable

Media Body: BBC text report and video, Wednesday, 23 March, 2005:

Elephants learn through copying

Elephants learn some of their calls through imitation, scientists report in
this week's Nature magazine.

They are the only land mammal, other than primates, that can undeniably
copy sounds, the researchers claim.

The discovery was made when an orphan elephant called Mlaika, who lived
near a road, was observed to make a series of convincing truck sounds.


Karen Chung
Issue Number: 16.933
Date Posted: March 25, 2005

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