The rabbit, the chimpanzee and the gorilla all have their own distinctive vocalizations and behavior, but it’s not as easy to tell what’s theirs and what’s another animal’s.
And what’s it like to be the animal with a different name and different abilities?
It turns out that some of those different personalities can be hard to tell apart from one another.
PETA recently published an article called, “When it comes to what we call ourselves, are we truly as different from one other animal as they are?” in which it explored how animal names and abilities differ across species, and the ways we’re all related.
And the results are surprising.
For instance, while it may seem obvious that the kangaroo has a name like Kangaroo, it’s possible that the monkey, or the hamster, or whatever you might call them, might be able to tell the difference.
“In the wild, it doesn’t really make sense to try and distinguish between species.
So you’ve got the wild kangaroos and the wild hamsters, the wild primates and the hominins,” said Sarah Naylor, a professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Naylor and her colleagues found that chimpanzees and gorillas have a “distinctive vocal repertoire” that makes it difficult to differentiate them from one else, and that’s the same for humans.
For example, the researchers say that humans can distinguish between different species by listening for the sounds of different vocalizations, but only chimps and gorils can distinguish them by hearing.
This sounds like a lot of work, but that’s because of the complexity of our vocal repertoire.
Chimps and humans can actually hear each other in their own sounds, and some vocalizations are more similar than others.
When it comes down to it, humans are more like chimps or gorillas than we realize.
Narrowing down the differences can be tricky because of our ability to differentiate between our own sounds and the sounds another animal might make, and because we also have an innate tendency to mimic the sounds that other animals make.
“It’s pretty rare for us to be able actually identify a single animal’s vocal repertoire in terms of its particular vocalizations,” Naylor said.
“So we don’t really know what the similarities are between species.”
That means we can’t really say that we’re different from each other.
And Naylor says the reason for that is that we’ve got a whole lot of vocal characteristics that we just don’t understand.
“Animals have this huge vocabulary, and they’ve got all these other vocalizations that we don, in fact, just don of,” she said.
For the last three decades, animal researchers have tried to find out why some animals have such distinct vocalizations.
The best-known approach to understanding how different species make their own vocalizations has been the study of sounds produced by animals.
This has been done with animals like the rhesus macaque and chimpanzees.
Chimpanzees, for example, can distinguish whether a sound comes from their own nose or another animal.
And so when researchers study these two animals, they can look at the differences in how they produce different sounds and how they combine sounds to make a single sound.
But that doesn’t tell us much about how humans are related to these animals.
For one thing, chimps produce different vocal sounds than other primates.
And researchers haven’t been able to identify how they communicate.
“To be honest, we’re not really aware of any vocal communication between chimps,” said Naylor.
In fact, chimpanzees have never been able really to communicate with humans.
That means it’s hard to really figure out if they have similar or different vocal skills than humans.
“When you’re looking at vocalizations by chimps, we don’ know if they’re mimicking the same thing, or if they’ve learned something,” said Andrew Schmitt, a postdoctoral researcher at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
“If they’ve acquired the same vocalization from another animal, we might not be able get an idea if it’s a real vocalization.”
And this isn’t just a problem with the vocalizations of animals.
Researchers have also wondered whether different species produce sounds in different ways.
For a while, they thought that the same sounds were coming from a particular part of the animal’s body.
That’s not necessarily the case.
“You can imagine animals making different kinds of sounds in a different way, depending on the direction of the sound,” said Schmitt.
“The thing about vocalizations is that the way they come out depends on what’s happening in the environment.
You might have a loud sound coming from your head, but you might also have a soft sound coming out of your ears.
You can’t tell which one is coming from the head.”
So it was thought that when a sound came out of the chimps’ nose, the sound might come