Acta Anthropologica Sinica ›› 2021, Vol. 40 ›› Issue (04): 721-732.doi: 10.16359/j.cnki.cn11-1963/q.2020.0030

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Research development of vocal communication in non-human primates

LI Weidong1, YANG Gaojin2, WU Chenfan2, YANG Bin3,4(), ZHANG Peng   

  1. 1. School of Sociology and Anthropology, Sun Yat-sen University, Zhongshan 510275
    2. School of Life Sciences, Sun Yat-sen University, Zhongshan 510275
    3. Shanxi Key Laboratory for Animal Conservation, Shanxi institute of Zoology, Xi’an 710032
    4. Shanxi Key Laboratory for Animal Conservation,College of Life Sciences, Northwest University, Xi’an 710032
  • Received:2018-11-01 Revised:2019-06-07 Online:2021-08-15 Published:2021-08-17
  • Contact: YANG Bin


Vocal signals are of great importance to non-human primates research as vocalizations play a significant role in animal communication. Studies on primate vocalizations can contribute to our understanding of social behavior, inter-individual relationships, the evolution of social behaviors, and even the origins of human language and communication. In this article, we reviewed the progress of research on the vocal communication of non-human primates, and then summarized the influencing factors and research methods found in this research. Additionally, we also discussed the future prospects of research into non-human primates vocal communication, with the goal of providing references for subsequent researchers and to further promote the research of primate vocalizations and acoustics in China.

Key words: Non-human primates, Voice communication, Influencing factors, Playback experiment

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