Songs, Roars, and Rituals by Lesley J. Rogers
Communication in Birds, Mammals, and Other Animals

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From the calling macaw and the roaring lion to the dancing lyrebird, animals all around us can be heard and seen communicating with each other and, occasionally, with us. Why they do so, what their utterances mean, and how much we know about them are the subject of Songs, Roars, and Rituals. This is a concise, yet comprehensive, introduction to the complexities of communication in animals.

Rogers and Kaplan take us on an exciting journey through communication in the animal world, offering insights on how animals communicate by sight, sound, smell, touch, and even electrical signaling. They explore a wide variety of communication patterns in many species of mammals and birds and discuss in detail how communication signals evolved, how they are learned, and what song and mimicry may mean.

An up-to-date account of the science of animal communication, this book also considers modern concepts (such as that of deceptive communication) and modern controversies, primarily those surrounding the evolution of human language and the use of symbolic language by apes. It concludes with a thought-provoking look at the future of communication between humans and animals.


About Lesley J. Rogers

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Lesley J. Rogers is Emeritus Professor at the Centre for Neuroscience and Animal Behaviour, University of New England, Armidale, Australia. A Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, she has made outstanding contributions to understanding brain development and behaviour, including the discovery of lateralization in the chick forebrain at a time when lateralization was thought to be unique to humans. Gisela Kaplan is Foundation Professor and Head of the School of Social Sciences at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane. She grew up in West Berlin but gained her Ph.D. at Monash University, Melborne. She has lectured widely in Australia, Europe and the USA where she recently held a Visiting Professorship of Sociology at Memphis State University. She is the co-editor of "Hannah Arendt: Thinking, Judging, Freedom".
Published September 18, 2000 by Harvard University Press. 224 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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We learn why certain acoustic properties suit certain calls (staccato chirps, for example, make birds easier to locate), and we find out how various species teach their young their own calls, signs and songs--some calls are largely ""learned,"" others seem to be genetically programmed in much mor...

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