Dutch Chimps Learn New Dialect At Scottish Zoo
Researchers findings suggest that Dutch chimps at the Edinburgh Zoo eventually picked up the same grunts as the native community.By Jay Strubberg | February 6, 2015
It's been a long-held belief that humans were unique for our ability to learn a foreign language, but a new study says one of our closest ancestors might be challenging that theory.
When a group of chimpanzees was moved from a zoo in the Netherlands to one in Scotland, researchers found the traveling chimps assimilated the dialect of the ones already living in the Scottish zoo. (Video via Edinburgh Zoo)
Scientists studied the chimps over a three-year period and discovered the foreign chimps added some bass to their grunts over time when calling for a specific object. In this case: an apple. (Video via YouTube / Erin Galbraith)