Contrary to popular opinion, a recent research found out that monkeys actually have the ability to talk, since they are equipped with the appropriate vocal tract anatomy. Rather, what they lack is the cognitive ability to speak.
Researchers conducted a study in which they looked into the vocal capabilities of macaque monkeys. They used X-ray videos to record movements of the tongue, lips, larynx when these monkeys made noises. This is a major development in the study since previous research only looked into the vocal anatomy of dead specimens.
These videos were then transferred to a computer which can automatically assess the sounds, the vocal ability, and range, and convert them into human speech with vowels and sentences. And the results were clearly intelligible!
Asif Ghazanfar from Princeton University said: "Now nobody can say that it's something about the vocal anatomy that keeps monkeys from being able to speak – it has to be something in the brain. Even if this finding only applies to macaque monkeys, it would still debunk the idea that it's the anatomy that limits speech in nonhumans. Now, the interesting question is, what is it in the human brain that makes it special?”
“It's going to force us to think more carefully about how speech evolved. How our brain is uniquely human and how we can use these model animals in the future to understand what goes wrong when we are unable to speak,” he added.
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