The Hills Are Alive With the Sound of Bat Song – Wired Science

When it comes to animal models of human speech, songbirds are the gold standard. Scientists look to birds, and not other mammals, for clues about human speech because most mammals produce simple, monosyllabic, innate vocalizations that are much less flexible than those of birds. Birds sing complex, multisyllabic songs composed of multiple elements with flexible syntax i.e., the way in which elements are ordered and combined. And both humans and songbirds possess neural circuits that support vocal plasticity that are thought to be absent in other mammals.

via The Hills Are Alive With the Sound of Bat Song – Wired Science.

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