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Talkin' smack: Babbling monkeys may be 'missing link' for how speech evolved

Talkin' smack: Babbling monkeys may be 'missing link' for how speech evolved

BY RACHEL E. GROSS
APR 9, 2013

The sound was a low, rolling chatter, like the din of a cocktail party. But Thore Bergman wasn’t at a party. He was high atop a grassy plateau in the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia. The behavioral biologist held in his hand not a champagne flute, but a digital recorder. And the hundreds of chatty creatures that surrounded him weren’t men in monkey suits—they were monkeys.

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