Tamarins: Something Like a Whisper

To continue the theme on primate communication  [1, 2] this study finds that tamarins also “whisper” as part of their anti-predator strategy. * mobbing is an aggressive group response to a potential predator. In tamarins this is loud calls and threatening behavior, launching projectiles and even direct attacks. Whisper-like behavior in a non-human primate In…

Mycelial Networks Carry Signals of Aphid Attack

Like a fungal early warning system, the underground mycorrhizal mycelial network allows plants to evoke pre-emptive hervibore defense. I wonder if yearly replanting, and the destruction of the mycelial network, makes some plants more susceptible to insects. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ele.12115/abstract Underground signals carried through common mycelial networks warn neighbouring plants of aphid attack The roots of most…

Baby-Talking Gorillas

  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ajp.22039/abstract American Journal of Primatology Volume 74, Issue 9, pages 841–852, September 2012 DOI: 10.1002/ajp.22039 Infant-Directed Communication in Lowland Gorillas (Gorilla gorilla): Do Older Animals Scaffold Communicative Competence in Infants? Infant-directed speech is a linguistic phenomenon in which adults adapt their language when addressing infants in order to provide them with more salient linguistic…