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Listen: Singing Apes and More Animal Musicians

From the silvery gibbon of Indonesia to the grunting toadfish of the sea, listen to some of nature’s most amazing musicians.

Could Mockingjays From “The Hunger Games” Exist One Day?

Besides fire, the overwhelming symbol of this weekend’s blockbuster movie, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, is of a steel-colored, mohawked bird with a pointed, hummingbird-like bill who trills melodiously. Mockingjays are described as a cross between mockingbirds and “jabberjays,” a species developed by the Panem government to imitate human speech and spy on the rebels.…

Lip-Smacking Primate Hints at Speech Evolution

A rare Ethiopian primate called the gelada makes sounds like people—giving insights into the evolution of human speech.