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Evolution of Emotional CommunicationFrom Sounds in Nonhuman Mammals to Speech and Music in Man$
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Eckart Altenmüller, Sabine Schmidt, and Elke Zimmermann

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199583560

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583560.001.0001

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Emotional communication in African elephants (Loxodonta africana)

Emotional communication in African elephants (Loxodonta africana)

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(p.105) Chapter 7 Emotional communication in African elephants (Loxodonta africana)
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Evolution of Emotional Communication
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Joseph Soltis

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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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