Do you think that only humans are capable of arguing over thing? Well, you might be surprised to find out that some animals are capable of doing the same thing. A recent study revealed that bats have a specialized form of communication which they use ‘talk’ about a thing like food, sleeping places, mating rituals, and, yes, to argue just for the fun of it.
During a 75-day study, a team of scientists from the Tel Aviv University monitored 22 Egyptian fruit bats. The team aimed to measure the bat’s social interaction, and, to this end, they’ve planted microphones around the cave.
They’ve managed to record approximately 15,000 distinct noises. The team said that each noise picked up by their surveillance equipment conveyed a certain message, which has to mean in a larger, social context.
Yossi Yovel, the study’s senior author, declared that the loud noises heard inside a bat cave are not random, but their way of making ‘small talk.’ In fact, Yovel argued that the noises we hear are actually bats arguing over stuff like sleeping habits and places, eating, and mating rituals.
The lead scientists also said that, in this regard, bats are not different from human being. These peculiar mammals like to argue about anything, and they love doing it. The team also discovered that the bats don’t have to bear a grudge against someone in order to initiate a ‘verbal’ duel. In fact, they like to argue just to pass the time.
The bat study reveals that the bats have a special form of social communication which allows them to disseminate messages throughout the community. In addition, it would seem that upon isolating certain sound patterns, the hearer can easily discern the conversation’s topic.
During the study, the scientists managed to isolate no less than 15,000 distinct noise coming from the community. Upon analyzing the patterns, the researchers could say would certainty which bats are arguing over food, over potential mates, and over sleeping places.
Yovel, the study’s author, said that this is the largest study on bats’ vocalization capabilities ever to be conducted. His team’s finding suggest that bat communities are more complex than previously thought and that they can get any type of message across using this system of communication.
He also argued that if we took a closer look at the data, we would discover that this is more than a system of communication – the bats have their own dialect.
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