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A p e T a n k | Know thy Origins

A p e T a n k | Know thy Origins

Our team*+ researches the origins of human behaviour and psychology. We are tantalized about language origin, dance and music evolution, and the precursors of imagination.
Why, in more than 500 million years of vertebrate evolution, did these motoric and cognitive systems emerge in our lineage, but none other? How did ancient primates and ape-like ancestors pave the path towards modernity and "humanhood"?
We study great ape and children capacities as living replicas of our own extinct ancestors' communication, cognition and culture, their form and function. We rely on behaviour, audio and video observations and experiments in the child lab and in the wild and accredited zoos to assemble real-world data.
We are committed to using new research and evidence for sophisticated traits in great apes and new insights into human mind's building blocks to (i) improve primate welfare & husbandry in captivity, (ii) advocate primate conservation & protection in the wild, (iii) inform superior bio-inspired computer modelling and AI applications and (iv) advise stakeholders and law-makers.



*Principal investigator: Adriano R. Lameira
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Fresh from the Press | Recent featured articles

 

Sociality predicts orangutan vocal phenotype

with Guillermo SantamarĂ­a-Bonfil, Deborah Galeone, Marco Gamba, Madeleine E. Hardus, Cheryl Knott, Helen Morrogh-Bernard, Matthew G. Nowak, Gail Campbell-Smith, Serge Wich
Nature Ecology & Evolution, 2022
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Orangutan information broadcast via consonant-like and vowel-like calls breaches mathematical models of linguistic evolution

with Antonio Alexandre, Marco Gamba, Matthew Nowak, Raquel Vicente, Serge Wich
Biology Letters, 2021
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Orangutans show active voicing through a membranophone

with Robert Shumaker
Nature Scientific Reports, 2019
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Understanding language evolution: Beyond Pan-centrism

with Josep Call
BioEssays, 2020
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Chimpanzee lip-smacks confirm primate continuity for
speech-rhythm evolution

with Andre Pereira, Eithne Kavanagh, Catherine Hobaiter, Katie Slocombe
Biology Letters, 2020
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Couple whole-body rhythmic entrainment between
two chimpanzees

with Tuomas Eerola, Andrea Ravignani
Nature Scientific Reports, 2019
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Time-space-displaced responses in the orangutan vocal system

with Josep Call
Science Advances, 2019
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