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Rudimentary form of syntax present in chimpanzees

Our language-based complex communication system is one of the defining features that makes us unique among all species. Syntax -combining words together into phrases- makes language-based communication limitless in terms of the amount and type of information we can communicate about. This is due to... click to read more

  • Maël Leroux | Associate professor at Department of Animal and Human Behaviour
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Reading time 3 min
published on Nov 29, 2023
How wombats poop cubes

A great mystery of the natural world has been how wombats make cubic faeces from their round anus. Wombats are the only species known to make these box-shaped poops which scientists believe they strategically place to communicate with each other. The cubic shape helps the... click to read more

  • Zoé Valbret | PhD Student at University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
Views 9692
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Apr 21, 2021