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Elephants And Humans Share Similar, Yet Distinct, Vocal Abilities
2013-10-17 12:13:06

A new study on elephant vocalizations reveals that although these magnificent beasts share striking similarities with human vocalizations, as discovered in research last year, there are several key differences between how we make sounds and elephants trumpet theirs.

The Mechanics Of An Elephant's Voice
2012-08-03 05:40:41

African elephants are known to communicate with infrasound - extremely low-pitched vocalizations - over a distance of miles. These infrasounds are at a very low frequency rate and are generally below the threshold of human hearing.


Word of the Day
pawl
  • A pivoted catch designed to fall into a notch on a ratchet wheel so as to allow movement in only one direction (e.g. on a windlass or in a clock mechanism), or alternatively to move the wheel in one direction.
The word 'pawl' probably comes from a Latin word meaning 'stake'.
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