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Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies

Comparative communication and cognition

Comparative communication and cognition

We are interested in the complexity underlying vocal communication and cognition in animals. By taking a broad comparative approach focusing on both primate, non-primate mammals and birds (meerkats, wolves, vervet monkeys, chimpanzees, pied babblers) we aim to unpack the similarities and differences between animal and human communication and ultimately what selective conditions might have been responsible for the evolution of the human language faculty.

Former head of group: Dr. Simon William Townsend