Tuesday, November 29, 2005


When we see one, we'll ask. Until then, ponder the findings of scientists in Kyodo, Japan. They have determined that monkeys have regional accents. From UPI:
Kyoto University's Primate Research Institute analyzed two groups of the same species of primates, the Japanese Yakushima macaque, between 1990 and 2000.

One group consisted of 23 monkeys living on the southern Japanese island of Yakushima, and the other was comprised 30 descendants from the same tribe which was moved from the island to Mount Ohira in central Japan, in 1956.

Professor Nobuo Masataka told Sky News the monkeys on Yakushima Island have an accent about 110 hertz higher on average because tall trees on the island tend to block their voice.

"On the other hand, monkeys on Mount Ohira do not have to gibber with a high tone as trees there are low," he said.

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