Gorillas Have Started Showing Signs Of Early Speech, Say Researchers

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6:52 pm 17 Aug, 2015

Did you think ‘Planet of the Apes’ is a fictional scenario? Well, you need to re-think it. Gorillas have started showing signs of early speech, reports Metro.

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have said that Koko, the world’s most famous ape, has started displaying behavior that indicates he is capable of talking. Experts analyzed 71 hours of footage of the gorilla, who has been taught how to use sign language.

It has been discovered that Koko performed nine different behaviors that required control over her vocalization and breathing. Researcher Marcus Perlman said:

“She doesn’t produce a pretty, periodic sound when she performs these behaviours, like we do when we speak. But she can control her larynx enough to produce a controlled grunting sound. She shows the potential under the right environment conditions for apes to develop quite a bit of flexible control over their vocal tract. It’s not as fine as human control, but it is certainly control.”



Humans, you’d better get ready for the ape world.


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