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Sun Mar 27 2005
Media: BBC: Elephants learn through copying
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BBC: Elephants learn through copying
Message 1: BBC: Elephants learn through copying
From: Karen Chung <karchungntu.edu.tw>
Subject: BBC: Elephants learn through copying
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.
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