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      Language evolution: semantic combinations in primate calls.

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      Animal Migration, Animals, Biological Evolution, Eagles, physiology, Female, Haplorhini, Male, Predatory Behavior, Semantics, Vocalization, Animal

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          Syntax sets human language apart from other natural communication systems, although its evolutionary origins are obscure. Here we show that free-ranging putty-nosed monkeys combine two vocalizations into different call sequences that are linked to specific external events, such as the presence of a predator and the imminent movement of the group. Our findings indicate that non-human primates can combine calls into higher-order sequences that have a particular meaning.

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          16710411
          10.1038/441303a

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          Animal Migration,Animals,Biological Evolution,Eagles,physiology,Female,Haplorhini,Male,Predatory Behavior,Semantics,Vocalization, Animal

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