On command, just like our pets.
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Having a “memory like an elephant” isn’t an understatement.
We know a lot about these beasts’ intelligence, but their ability to memorize sounds is just starting to come to light.
For a September 6 study in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, a team of researchers trained 13 African elephants to produce an array of sounds when humans prompted them.
“The next step is to deepen our understanding of contextual and vocal production learning and the underlying cognitive mechanisms ... as many open questions remain.”