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Mice learn songs in similar way to humans and birds


10 October 2012 

Mice learn songs in similar way to humans and birds

By Matt McGrath Science reporter, BBC World Service



Mice may have abilities long thought to be
restricted to animals such as birds and humans 


US researchers say that mice may have the ability to learn songs based on the sounds they hear.

They found that when male mice were housed together they learned to match the pitch of their songs to each other.

Mice also share some behavioural and brain mechanisms involved in vocal learning with songbirds and humans, say the researchers.

But some scientists are sceptical, saying the evidence does not support the claim. (...)

Full text: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-19898947

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