Temporal and Acoustic Flexibility in Vocal Exchanges of Coo Calls in Japanese Macaques (Macaca fuscata)

  • Hideki Sugiura
  • Nobuo Masataka


A central issue in the study of primate vocalizations concerns the extent of control over vocal production. Information on the ontogeny of vocal communication of non-human primates is limited and conflicting. Until recently, our primary data were from squirrel monkeys (Saimiri sciureus), focusing on infant isolation peeps. The major finding was that call structures were inherited, not learned (Newman and Symmes, 1982). Failure to find evidence of learning is somewhat surprising, given the influence of learning on other behaviors, and the fact that there are some clear parallels in the development of bird song and the development of human speech (Marler, 1970).


Rhesus Macaque Squirrel Monkey Acoustic Feature Median Interval Japanese Macaque 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hideki Sugiura
    • 1
  • Nobuo Masataka
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Anthropology Faculty of ScienceThe University of TokyoBunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113Japan

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