Birds are the first non-human animals to use grammar

There are lots of animals, including dogs and apes, that can communicate in something we might understand as sentences. But only one non-human species has complex enough communication that they actually need grammatical rules. Say hello to the Bengal finch. » 6/28/11 4:03pm 6/28/11 4:03pm

Let's Talk Dirty to the Animals

Click to view » 8/29/08 7:00am 8/29/08 7:00am Janni Pedersen is one of the only linguists in the world whose research focuses on a non-human language. The Iowa State University researcher at the Great Ape Trust in Iowa, US, studies the language capabilities of bonobos, especially ones who have been trained to communicate with humans. Like chimps,…

Chameleons Use Color to Communicate, Not Hide

Though most people believe chameleons use their color-changing abilities for camouflage, a new study released today proves this is incorrect. In fact, chameleons evolved the ability to transform skin color quickly to send messages to other chameleons. In a careful analysis of how and when chameleons change color, a… » 1/28/08 7:30am 1/28/08 7:30am