By Carl Zimmer Feb. 28, 2019
These Mice Sing to One Another — Politely
Alston’s singing mice “converse,” scientists report. The finding may shed light on human language.
High in the mountains of Central America lives a little known creature called Alston’s singing mouse. This rodent, which spends its life scuttling around the floor of the cloud forest, may not seem like it has much to tell us about ourselves.
But the mouse produces remarkable songs, and researchers have discovered some profound similarities to our own conversations. This ability may be linked evolutionarily to the ancient roots of human language...