Monday, December 17, 2007


moar funny pictures

Sorry, no time for a real post today. I hope I'll be able to make up for it on Thursday.
Instead, here's a small compilation of cool links:

For those who enjoyed (or at least read and tolerated) my three to five part discussion of Baboon Metaphyiscs: Dorothy Cheney and Robert Seyfarth give an Interview over at NPR.

On Cheney & Seyfarth’s Lab website you can listen to baboon vocalizations and the famous referential Vervet alarm calls. It is quite interesting to think that some distant precursor of language could’ve actually sounded something like this.

In addition, over at the website of Marc Hauser’s Lab there are also some videos and recordings of vervet, cotton-top tamarin, rhesus macaques, and chimpanzees.

One especially interesting piece is a video of a macaque apparently investigating his image in the mirror

Maybe it’s old news, but some of you may still not know the Chomsky Garden Gnome

To complete the Hauser et al. (2002) pack, on W. Tecumseh Fitch’s site you can listen to Hoover the talking seal

and you can also listen to some very nice songs he has written.

My favorite is the fantastic and incredibly funny “I Don’t Believe in Evolution”

Go check it out!

Speaking of Language Evolution, The University of Edinburgh's Language Evolution and Computation has a very nice and extensive bibliography which it is really worth checking out.

Finally A while back, Carl Zimmer linked to this New Scientists Video of a Wasp which can transform cockroaches into zombies How cool is that? (Warning, some people may find the footage a bit gross)

Carl Zimmer also linked to Derek Lyon's (whose paper I will blog about on thursday) new and impressive website, Hello Felix, which might be of interest to those of you who want to know more about imitation in human children and chimpanzees.

That's all for today, see you on Thursday.

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