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A traveling exhibition about the sounds and songs of life

Jelle Atema

Jelle Atema

Jelle Atema

Jelle Atema external link icon, professor of Biology and Research Fellow, Department of Cognitive and Neural Systems at Boston University, studies sensory biology and how sharks, lobsters and robots use multiple senses for navigation and communication. He has discovered that some acquatic animals are sensitive to wave motion and perceive small fluctuations in water flow, somewhat analagous to how many land animals hear through sensing small changes in sound pressure.

He studied flute with Jean-Pierre Rampal and has a life-long interest in the evolution of the instrument. He has made replicas of flute-like objects found at a number of Paleolithic and Neolithic digs and argues that some of these objects show that Neanderthal humans played their own music.