The Semantics of Vervet Monkey Alarm Calls: Part II – The Experiment

Last week, I blogged about the semantics of alarm calls in vervet monkeys. This post will focus solely on the ingenious experiment by Robert Seyfarth, Dorothy Cheney and Peter Marler (1980) to test whether vervet monkey alarm calls convey information or if these calls were just an uncontrollable auditory response to predators. Their question was simple; would vervet monkey alarm calls... Continue Reading →

The Semantics of Vervet Monkey Alarm Calls: Part I

Anti-predatory alarm calls are important  for social animals to alert others of approaching predators. Without the presence of "language", some non-human primates are known to give out different predator-specific alarm calls to alert conspecific. These non-human primates include ring-tailed lemurs (Zuberbühler et al., 1999), white-faced capuchin monkeys (Fichtel et al., 2005), Diana monkeys (Zuberbühler, 1999), Campbell's monkeys... Continue Reading →

Free conservation biology textbook

Free conservation biology textbook Sodhi, N. S. and P. R. Ehrlich (Eds.). 2010. Conservation Biology for All. Oxford University Press. Available online at: http://www.mongabay.com/conservation-biology-for-all.html "The authors published Conservation Biology for All in a free and open access format in an effort to make conservation knowledge available to as many people as possible." Free conservation biology textbook:... Continue Reading →

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