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Neolithic peoples in Turkey in 6500 B.C. imitated the dances of cranes as part of marriage rituals. Dance is one thing cranes are credited by many societies with giving us. Another is language, perhaps because they are so vocal, and a single crane's calls, amplified by its saxophone-shaped trachea - the windpipe in its long neck - can carry a mile.

Alex Shoumatoff

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