Apes can learn human sign language but how do they communicate with each other in the wild? Sophie Scott and Cat Hobaiter investigate in this clip from the 2017 Christmas Lectures.
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Like humans, apes use hand and body movements as well as vocalisations to communicate with each other. Are their gestures similar to ours and could humans understand their meaning? Dr Cat Hobaiter is a Primatologist at the University of St Andrews and her research focuses on ape communication and the evolution of language.
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