27 August 2012

Monkey Monday | Gibbons On Helium Sing Like Sopranos

Image: Takeshi Nishimura
Scientific American
Japanese researchers have shown that helium-huffing gibbons utilize the same vocal techniques as professional soprano singers.

The study reveals that gibbons, whose vocalizations are unique among non-human primates, share a physiological similarity to humans.

The unique project was led by Takeshi Nishimura from the Primate Research Institute at Kyoto University, Japan. The study, which was published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, analyzed the singing of white-handed gibbons at Fukuchiyama City Zoo, in northern Kyoto.

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