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Monkey See Monkey Do: Geladas Mimic Faces

gelada monkeys mimic faces rapid facial mimicry

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 06:34 PM

The ability to mimic the facial expressions of others is thought to be linked to empathy. It's known that humans and orangutans "ape" each other in this way, but gelada monkeys appear to do it too, a new study shows.

The phenomenon, known as rapid facial mimicry, is an unconscious response that occurs when two animals are interacting.


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Posted 09 April 2013 - 04:38 AM

Talking Monkey? Watch Video of Rare African Monkey Communicating Using Lip-Smacking Sounds


Geladas, the primate which is found only in the remote mountains of Ethiopia, was observed by scientists to use an undulating rhythm of lip-smacks in friendly encounters, featuring rapid fluctuations in pitch and volume. Researchers who analyzed recordings of the vocalizations uncovered a structural rhythm that closely matched that of humans speaking.

Facial mimicry and speech patterns in their communications. Be sure these guys don't get the Planet of the Apes super syrum.

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 12:35 PM

Monkeys and apes are like us in a lot of ways.

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