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A traveling exhibition about the sounds and songs of life

W. Tecumseh Fitch

Tecumseh Fitch

Tecumseh Fitch Photo Credit: Tom Main

W. Tecumseh Fitch external link icon from the University of St. Andrews studies the evolution of cognition in animals and man, focusing on communication. Originally trained in animal behavior and evolutionary biology, he applies his graduate training in speech science and neuroscience to understanding the physics and physiology of animal vocal communication.

He is interested in all aspects of vocal communication in vertebrates (including alligators, seals, birds and monkeys), especially issues relating to meaning in animal communication systems, including human language. He is particularly interested in the evolution of language, and has stressed the value of an empirical, comparative approach to this problem, using data from many living species to address this peculiarly human characteristic.