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Research Progress on Animal Vocal Learning
Author of the article:LIU Muxun, LIU Heng, TAN Xiao, SUN Keping, FENG Jiang, JIN Longru*
Author's Workplace:Jilin Provincial Key Laboratory of Animal Resource Conservation and Utilization, Northeast Normal University, Changchun 130024, China
Key Words:vocal learning; bird; mammal; language; evolution
Abstract:Vocal learning plays an important role in human language development and evolution. Songbirds are one of the few groups of non-human organisms that are capable of developing vocal learning. Vocal learning behaviors have also been noted in several mammals. Studies on diverse avian and mammalian taxa can help to reveal the origins of human language. For birds and mammals, vocal learning is very important for their reproduction and survival, e.g., mate selection and ecological adaptation. These strong selective pressures can cause rapid evolution of vocal traits, making vocal learning an important field of study in behavioral ecology and evolutionary biology. Here, we review the research progress of vocal learning in birds and mammals, and summarize the origin and maintenance of these traits, and finally, the research prospects are put forward. This work will provide guidance for further advanced research in vocal learning.
2017,36(3): 351-360 收稿日期:2017-01-06
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