Month: November 2015

Nature World News: Bonobo Drummer Sheds Light On Speech and Music Evolution

By Samantha Mathewson | Nov 25, 2015 |

When you hear the beat of a drum, do you start to tap your foot to the rhythm? Humans have a remarkable ability to synchronize to acoustic signals, which scientists believe underlies social coordination and may even be a precursor for speech. Since chimpanzees and bonobos are genetically similar to humans, researchers from the American Psychological Association were interested to see how the animals would respond to rhythmic stimuli.