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New Form of Animal Communication Discovered
March 7, 2013
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.Sniffing, a common behavior in dogs, cats and other animals, has been observed to also serve as a method for rats to communicate--a fundamental discovery that may help scientists identify brain regions critical for interpreting communication cues and what brain malfunctions may cause some complex social disorders.Full Story
Case Western Reserve University
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