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2011-03-16 12:10:00

Elephants pay close attention to their elders, especially when they hear the sound of an approaching predator, researchers report in the Royal Society journal Proceedings B. Researchers already knew that elephant social groups were organized around older female elephants. This study however, led by Karen McComb and Graeme Shannon from the University of Sussex, UK, allowed scientists to test their theory inside the Amboseli National Park in Kenya, a natural setting for the wild elephants, BBC...

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2009-07-13 14:40:00

Researchers recently reported that felines have found a way to manipulate humans through vocalizations. A team at the University of Sussex discovered that cats use a "soliciting purr" to overpower their owners and garner attention and food by producing a sound that incorporates a "cry" with a similar frequency to a human baby's. Cats have tapped into a human bias by producing a sound that humans find very difficult to ignore, the researchers wrote in the journal Current Biology. Lead author...