Sunday Territorian

Bubs laugh like apes


SCIENTISTS have found babies laugh similarly to chimpanzee­s.

Researcher­s with Leiden University in The Netherland­s found babies laugh while inhaling and exhaling, unlike adults who laugh mainly during exhalation. Babies’ laughter resembles that of our closest animal cousins, chimpanzee­s, but as we develop, our laughter becomes more human. Scientists put that down to social learning and the developmen­t of the vocal tract.

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