The Language of Animals

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Kanzi the chimp, Koko the ape, singing whales, trumpeting elephants, and dolphins trained for naval service - all of them make the news each year. Members of these species learn to communicate both with their voices and with body language, and without the signals they develop, each would be an island, unable to survive on Earth. How much do we know about how animals communicate with each other or with humans? Scientific American Focus: The Language of Animals examines the sometimes subtle differences between ...
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Kanzi the chimp, Koko the ape, singing whales, trumpeting elephants, and dolphins trained for naval service - all of them make the news each year. Members of these species learn to communicate both with their voices and with body language, and without the signals they develop, each would be an island, unable to survive on Earth. How much do we know about how animals communicate with each other or with humans? Scientific American Focus: The Language of Animals examines the sometimes subtle differences between animal communication and what we call "language" or "intelligence." We explore how scientists study animal communication, and we see just what they have learned about various species and their ways of "talking." From dancing bees and chirping crickets to schooling fish and flocking birds; from birdsong to whale song to the language of our closest relatives in the animal kingdom - the chimpanzees - these overviews of thoroughly detailed case studies are a window to understanding the constant chatter and movement of the animal kingdom.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780805038408
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/1996
  • Series: A Scientific American Focus Book Ser.
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 126
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.27 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 6
Introduction 12
Ch. 1 Cephalopods 22
Ch. 2 Honeybee Dances 28
Ch. 3 Other Insects 32
Ch. 4 Spiders 40
Ch. 5 Fish 46
Ch. 6 Frogs 54
Ch. 7 Birds 60
Ch. 8 Cetaceans 70
Ch. 9 The Contrabasses 82
Ch. 10 Cat and Dog Families 92
Ch. 11 Monkeys 100
Ch. 12 Can We Talk? 106
Ch. 13 Threads from a Tangled Skein 118
Photo Credits 122
Index 124
Further Reading 126
Acknowledgments 128
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