to connectVideoGrey seals can be trained to mimic human sounds and songs
Raw video: Researchers at the University of St andrews in Scotland to be trained for three seals, and a copy of the sound of the human voice, and the songs all the time.
Researchers in the uk found that grey seals are able to mimic the sounds of human words, and songs such as “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” and “Star Wars” theme.
The researchers, from the University of California. Andrews in Scotland, has worked with three of the grey seal, as well as to monitor the birth to the “natural music.”
The seals were trained to perform the copying of the key elements of the human voice.
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Video footage of the project, the seals’ remarkable musical talents. One of the seals, with the name Zola, you may be given with a copy of the notes of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” Another seal to be copies of the famous “Star Wars” theme music.
In this undated image taken from video provided by the University of California. Andrews, a coat of arms for copies of the notes of the song Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, in St Andrews, Scotland. Researchers at the University of California. Andrews is saying that the grey seal may have a copy of the sounds of human words, and songs, including “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.”
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The research team’s findings were published in the journal Current Biology. The study provided the researchers with a better understanding of the evolution of vocal learning and human language development.
Principal Investigator: Dr. Amanda Stansbury, who is currently working in the city, in El Paso, Texas, said she was surprised at how good the seals are to be copied from the sounds that were played to them. “The instances are by no means perfect, but, in view of the fact that this is not a typical seal is sound, it’s pretty impressive,” she said in a statement. “Our study really shows the flexibility of the seal, sounds to be. Previous studies have only anecdotal evidence to support it.”
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The study also suggested that grey seals may be of help to the study of speech disorders.
“It is found from other mammals, who use their vocal tract in the same way as the us sounds that will inform us as to how vocal abilities can be affected by genetics and learning, and, ultimately, to contribute to the development of new methods to study speech disorders,” said Professor Vincent Janik, of the Scottish Oceans Institute at the University of St Andrews, in a statement.
Grey seals are found in the Northern part of the Atlantic coastal waters, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
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