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Study shows tarsier, world’s smallest primate, can sing louder

Nation World News A new study shows the world’s smallest primate tarsier possesses lesser-known skills.

Based on these studies, tarsiers are said to be able to sing duets with high notes, like opera singers.

That high note means a lot to the Tarsier. Because if they fail to reach that note, tarsiers may fail to attract a mate or signal to the rest of the herd.

derive from live scienceTuesday (9/8/2022) In this study, researchers observed tarsiers in Sulawesi’s Tangkoko National Park to study the vocal abilities of these nocturnal animals with large ears and large eyes.

The researchers made observations during July and August 2018 and recorded 50 sounds from 14 pairs of Gursky tarsiers (tarsius spectramgurskyae,

Researchers from Sam Ratulangi University, Sulawesi and Cornell University in New York then used machine learning To distinguish and classify vowels and phrases in the tones of the tarsier he sings.

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Their findings suggest that the singing performed by the tarsier is too tiring, so they cannot reach all the high notes and sharpness.

Duet singing is still within the range of human hearing, but primates also vocalize in the ultrasonic range.

The tarsier measures only 9 to 15 centimeters and weighs no more than 200 grams.

This Gursky tarsier lives only in Sulawesi and was described as a separate species from other tarsiers in 2017, and is classified as Vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

In addition to the Gursky tarsier, about 13 species of tarsier also live in the islands of Southeast Asia.

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In addition, the researchers captured the tarsier duet’s potential using a handheld digital recorder and autonomous recording device installed in the tarsier’s habitat.

Study author Isabel Comela said, “Tarsius are one of the easier primate duets to record and study, at least in Tangkoko National Park, as they have a small home range and duets appear almost every morning. Huh.”

“They’re not afraid of humans, so we can get high quality footage relatively easily.”

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