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

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Last year researchers from the University of Vienna settled a longstanding debate over the way elephants make sounds. With the natural passing of an African elephant in Berlin Tierpark Zoo in 2010, the researchers were able to recover the larynx and bring it into the lab for studying. In their paper released last year the researchers explained how similar an elephant's vocal system is to those used by humans. Lead researcher...

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

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 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, fewer than 20 Hertz per second, and are generally below the threshold of human hearing. A new study, published in the August 3 issue of Science, shows that elephants rely on the same mechanism that produces human speech, and the vocalizations of other mammals,...