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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Chimps Innately Musical -- And Conservative in their Tastes To Boot

Chimpanzees are biologically programmed to appreciate pleasant music.

The discovery comes from experiments showing that an infant chimpanzee prefers to listen to consonant music over dissonant music.

That suggests the apes are born with an innate appreciation of pleasant sounds, say scientists in the journal Primates.

Until now, this was thought to be a universal human trait, but the new finding suggests it evolved in the ancestors of humans and modern apes.

link: BBC - Earth News - Chimps born to appreciate music


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