Singing hydraxes are talking behind our backs4/19/2012
It seems rock hyraxes are smarter than we thought. Scientists at Israel's University of Haifa have discovered that the singing creatures, which live in Africa and the Middle East, show the characteristics needed for basic language. According to lead researcher Arik Kershenbaum, this is "something you find very, very rarely among mammals." Kershenbaum and his team "found that there is some significance to the order they composed their songs -- the order of the notes within their song -- and that is a syntax." What's more, hyraxes living within three miles share a common musical structure, while those farther away used different ones. In other words, the clever creatures use regional dialects.
Do you think any other animals have their own language?