Primate Communication And Human Primates

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INTRODUCTION The animal kingdom is filled with multiple different species, all with their own way to communicate. Birds tweet and twitter, cows low, horses neigh, and dogs bark. Each sound has its own specific meaning behind it, a word they use to communicate. But what exactly animals are communicating is something humans have always had an interest in. From the story of Dr. Doolittle to looking at your own pet and wondering what is going on behind their eyes and what it is exactly that they want to tell you, we all desire to know what animals mean when they bark, growl, or meow. And when it comes to primates, especially non-human primates, we grow even more interested. Primate communication has risen to a level above that of other animals in the world, to the point of speech with distinct languages and definitions. Here lies a possible missing link to discover our own language origins, by studying the communicative patterns of non-human primates. But why did primate communication evolve to such a high level? What are the pressures behind this leap forwards? By looking at one specific species, I believe we can further dig into this mystery. Gorillas are of the Order Primates, Family Hominidae, genus Gorilla. There are two species of gorillas: Western gorillas (Gorilla gorilla) and Eastern gorillas (Gorilla beringei), which diverged from each other about 2 million years ago (Barks, et al 2014). While both species resemble each other in their black coloring and
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