Month: September 2015

The Sperm Whale Who Studied Us

For nine days, from 31 March to 8 April 2013 a subadult sperm whale decided to come close in shore off the Scottish town of Oban. In fact, so close that he gained a habit of watching tourists eat breakfast

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The Mismeasure of Man

  The Cleverness of Mankind The standard procedure of those who argue that humans are the most intelligent animal, and who believe the reason so simple it could be written on the back of a postage stamp goes as follows… Man is the only

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One Step Closer to Proving Sperm Whales Use Real languages

Yesterday, new evidence on the nature of sperm whale social vocalisations (their coda) was published in Nature Communications. It showed that neither genetics, nor learning from the mother, nor learning from others in the region, nor any combination of these

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Speech and Breathing Control

There are many factors that facilitated the rise to sapience of the human race. One of them was our superb air flow control over our vocal chords. It is an ability in which we are unique among primates and was an important

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