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SURPRISE! It's A...Babbling Baby Bat?

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SURPRISE! It's A...Babbling Baby Bat?

1 Oktober 2021

A paper published recently in the journal Science finds similarities between the babbling of human infants and the babbling of the greater sac-winged bat (Saccopteryx bilineata) — a small species of bat that lives in Central and South America. As science correspondent Geoff Brumfiel reports, the researchers believe both bats and humans evolved babbling as a precursor to more complex vocal behavior like singing, or, in the case of people, talking. Wondering what similarities humans have to other animals? Email the human animals at We might dig up some answers. Learn more about sponsor message choices: NPR Privacy Policy


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