Talkin' smack: Babbling monkeys may be 'missing link' for how speech evolvedSubmitted by emalvini on Tue, 04/09/2013 - 21:19
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.