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From Humming Fish to Puccini: Vocal Communication Evolved With Ancient Species


July 17, 2008

artist's representation of the midshipman fish It's a long way from the dull hums of the amorous midshipman fish to the strains of a Puccini aria--or, alas, even to the simplest Celine Dion melody. But the neural circuitry that led to the human love song--not to mention birdsongs, frog thrums and mating calls of all manner of vertebrates--was likely laid down hundreds of millions of years ago with the hums and grunts of the homely piscine. Full Story

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Cornell University Communications

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