(NEWSER) – Another day, another devastating escalator accident in China. An employee at Longemont Shopping Mall in Shanghai's Changning district had his foot and part of his leg amputated after becoming trapped in an escalator, according to the South China Morning Post. The worker, identified simply as Zhang, was cleaning the escalator with a mop when he reportedly stepped on it. The mall described the 35-year-old's action as an "improper" one, and said the mop's brush became "trapped inside the gap in the stairs, which caused cracks in the comb plate." Video of the incident shows the escalator's floor plate breaking away, and Zhang's left foot falling inside the moving staircase. A relative reportedly told local media, "The doctor said he had to amputate the [foot] to avoid the injuries from deteriorating."
The accident is the fourth escalator tragedy in China in six days. As previously reported, Xiang Liujuan, 30, was killed last week when she similarly fell through an escalator floor plate at Anliang department store in Hubei province. A graphic video shows Xiang pushing her son to safety before she is sucked to her death. Days after that accident, a 1-year-old's arm was seriously injured after it became trapped in an escalator in Guangxi province, NBC News reports, and a 6-year-old was injured Saturday after his foot was caught in an escalator in Beijing. The incidents have led to escalator quality inspections in Shanghai and Hubei. (Workers reportedly warned the mother just before she was swallowed by the escalator.)
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This particular species of great ape, scientists now say, uses sound to communicate in a way that's remarkably similar to a human infant. They may be the only other species which does so.
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The study, published Tuesday in the journal PeerJ, focuses on bonobo "peeps". Those are high pitched squeaks that the animals use to communicate with one another. But here's the cool part: Those peeps may sound simple, but they're actually closer to human speech than anything else in the animal kingdom.
The researchers say these peeps are a lot like the sounds infants make before they learn to talk (which are called protophones). Baby babble is distinguishable from your standard animal grunting because it doesn't vary acoustically based on the emotional context of the babbling. A baby babble is a baby babble, which stands out in an animal kingdom full of sounds that only come out in particular contexts, like aggression, alarm, attraction or pain.
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But bonobo babbling seems to work the same way. Under close examination of over 11 hours of recordings for each member of a bonobo community, researchers found that bonobos made these sounds in different contexts, requiring their fellow apes to read different meanings into acoustically identical vocalizations. The bonobos did have slightly different acoustic frequency for their very negative peeps -- ones related to distress and danger -- but used identical sounds for a wide range of neutral and positive circumstances.
That's a skill called structural flexibility, and they're the first non-human animals shown to have it.
This is generally considered an evolutionary precursor to speech as we know it, where a whole bunch of meaningless sounds are given meaning by social construct.
If so, we may have just pinpointed when our journey to unique speech in the animal kingdom really began: 6-10 million years ago, when our ancestry last converged with the great apes.