Study shows chimpanzees have very personal perception of rhythm
Posted in 12/09/2022
MICHAL CIZEK - AFP
Scientists followed a group of Waibira chimpanzees in the western forest of Budongo, Uganda, recording and analyzing the touches of seven males.
Inflating their chests, with a guttural cry and holding an instrument, chimpanzees perform a drum roll using the thick roots of trees in a Ugandan forest, creating their own rhythms, revealed the study “The form and function of chimpanzee buttress drumming”, published on Tuesday ( 6/9) in Animal Behavior Journal.
The highlights of the study are:
•Chimpanzees produce low-frequency sounds by drumming on buttress roots of trees.
•Drumming is used across contexts with apparently long- and short-distance functions.
•Chimpanzee drums encode individual signatures in travel events but not in displays.
•Patterns of production suggest drumming coordinates fission–fusion dynamics.
To check the complete work, visit https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0003347222002081