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Chimps Are Making Their Own ‘Rock Music’

Posted on 12 February 2020

Humans aren’t the only species creating music; a group of scientists has discovered that chimps may be making their own musical pieces using rocks. 

A new study by Ammie Kalan, a researcher from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, along with other authors, examined why chimps throw rocks at trees. The scientists noticed that male chimps would pick up rocks, make a hooting sound, throw the rocks at the tree, and run away.  

Through a series of experiments and observations, the scientists discovered that chimps preferred throwing rocks at trees that produced a deeper and longer-lasting sound. They think the chimps could be doing it to communicate, or to assert their dominance as males. Alternatively, they think there’s a possibility that the chimps simply enjoy the sound and are indeed making their very own music!