28th Oct 2014

Sea Lions Dig a Great Beat, Too!

A sea lion named Ronan is the first non-human mammal to convince scientists that it can keep a beat. Cosmic Log reported that scientists have been teaching the sea lion to bob her head in time with various tunes. Until Ronan, only birds had been able to demonstrate this ability to the satisfaction of scientists. Also, scientists had always equated time-keeping ability with vocal learning and vocal mimicry. Now, Ronan presents evidence for the possibility that keeping rhythm is not related to those vocal abilities. Ronan was born in the wild, but taken into captivity after being stranded three times. Read more here: This sea lion grooves to a disco beat