Animal Communication

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Think about how humans communicate with each other. Do we just use language to communicate? What about the gestures we make with our hands or the way we look at each other? Have you ever thought about how other animals communicate with each other? Use the resources on the Animal Communication student esheet to help you explore animal communication and answer the questions on this sheet.

Orangutan U

What is Rob Shumaker having the orangutans do?


What must be in the orangutan's response, in order for it to be correct?


What will Shumaker focus on first as he and the orangutans start working on math? Do you remember the first mathematical thing you learned?


Why would it be important to have an understanding of the similarities orangutans have to humans when it comes to learning or communicating?


What are some other ways humans might communicate with primates?



All Animals Communicate

Are humans constantly communicating? How about other animals?


Are there any special areas in human brains that make us distinct from other animals?


Which animals have communication abilities that are closer to humans?


Do scientists believe that chimps have a language like humans?


What are some examples of ways that humans can communicate that are different from other animals?



Animal Communication/Factors Affecting Animal Communication

Is the ability to communicate the exclusive possession of human beings?


List some of the ways that animals express themselves.


Who do you think will have greater communication abilities: a dog that lives in a regular home or a dog that lives in a circus, why?



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