Sea Lions Can Keep a Beat
Turns out, sea lions love to rock out to their favorite music! Scientists at UC Santa Cruz have discovered sea lions are the only other mammals besides humans that can keep a beat. Trace has the must-see video.
This sea lion can groove better than many humans. Watch her go!
"This Sea Lion Is The First Non-Human Mammal That Can Keep A Beat On Its Own"
"Meet Ronan. She is a sea lion at the University of California, Santa Cruz and also a very competent dancer. According to her trainer, she's also the first non-human mammal that can independently keep a beat."
"Experimental Evidence for Synchronization to a Musical Beat in a Nonhuman Animal"
"The tendency to move in rhythmic synchrony with a musical beat (e.g., via head bobbing, foot tapping, or dance) is a human universal yet is not commonly observed in other species."
"Sea lion defies theory and keeps the beat"
"First example of beat keeping in a non-human mammal--a sea lion bobbing her head to music--challenges leading theory about the origins of rhythmic ability"
"By Keeping the Beat, Sea Lion Sheds New Light On Animals' Movements to Sound"
"Move over dancing bears, Ronan the sea lion really does know how to boogie to the beat."
"Sea Lion Rocks Out to the Beat"
"Once Ronan, a 3-year-old sea lion, learned how to dance, keeping the beat to new songs came easy. Though it's hard to tell which is her favorite song."
"Monkeys keep the beat without outside help"
"Nerve cells in the brain may regulate internal time-keeping"
"They Got the Beat"
scienceline.org/2010/02/they-got-the-beat"Rhythm in animals reveals evolution of human music"