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The Dr. Dolittle Project

by By Rachel Metz

Mr. Ed spoke his mind in plain English, but most animals are not so easy to understand. Now, a group of scientists is trying to decode the meaning behind the growls, clucks and neighs, hoping to improve captive animals’ lives and humans’ abilities to track their numbers in the wild.

Called the Dr. Dolittle Project, the effort includes scientists from several universities and institutions. They are studying animals and building a database of the sounds they make, along with accompanying behaviors. “Our basic goal is to understand what they’re saying, at some level or another,” said project leader and Marquette University assistant professor Mike Johnson.

Read the original article at: Wired

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