Do animals talk to each other

Why can't animals speak?

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Because their blueprint is different.

A question of intelligence? One reason humans can speak and animals can't is because of the structure of their mouth and throat. In addition, the human intellect is important, i.e. the ability to recognize things, to understand them, to classify them, to explain them to others and to draw conclusions from them for the future. Communication or language? Animals communicate with each other, be it via sounds, warning calls or ultrasound. But they cannot talk to each other the way people do. Not even parrots and zebra finches, who are able to imitate a few sentences in human language. Our closest relatives are related and yet not the same great apes. Why can't you speak? For a long time, experts saw the main reason for this in their speech organs, for example, the larynx muscles and the vocal cords, which cannot be moved as freely and quickly as human beings. The Small Difference A few years ago, however, researchers discovered another reason why humans were the only living things to develop a complex language. In humans, primates and many other vertebrates, there is a protein that is central to brain development, the blueprint of which is stored on the FOXP2 gene, which is also called the language gene. The protein versions of the various animals hardly differ from one another. The only exception is humans: its FOXP2 variant differs in two components from that of the chimpanzee. This small discrepancy obviously makes the difference between speaking and not speaking.

Communication or language? Animals communicate with each other, be it via sounds, warning calls or ultrasound. But they cannot talk to each other the way people do. Not even parrots and zebra finches, who are able to imitate a few sentences in human language.

The little difference A few years ago, however, researchers discovered another reason why humans were the only living things to develop a complex language. In humans, primates and many other vertebrates there is a protein that is central to brain development, the blueprint of which is stored on the FOXP2 gene, which is also called the language gene. The protein versions of the various animals hardly differ from one another. The only exception is humans: its FOXP2 variant differs in two components from that of the chimpanzee. This small discrepancy obviously makes the difference between speaking and not speaking.

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