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Emotional communication in African elephants (Loxodonta africana)

Emotional communication in African elephants (Loxodonta africana)

Chapter:
(p.105) Chapter 7 Emotional communication in African elephants (Loxodonta africana)
Source:
Evolution of Emotional Communication
Author(s):
Joseph Soltis
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583560.003.0007

African elephants (Loxodonta africana) are thought by many to experience rich emotional lives. One window into the emotional lives of animals is through an examination of emotion as expressed in the voice. Here I review the evidence for the vocal expression of emotions in African elephants. In doing so, I also speculate as to how complex vocal communication systems in elephants and other animals could have evolved from simple vocal expressions of basic emotions.

Keywords:   Proboscidea, emotions, vocal affect, referential signaling, alarm call

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