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Male Lyrebirds Get Their Rhythmic Groove on at Mating Time

June 7, 2013
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The elusive lyrebird, one of Australia's unique animal species, knows how to dance to its own song, according to scientists. The discovery supports the long held theory that for humans as well, music and dance are innately connected and can play a part in taking romance to the next level. Elly Park reports.

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Reuters (Dec. 2, 2013) — During mating season, the male koala makes itself known to potential mates with a deep, extended bellow that reverberates through the bush. Scientists have long wondered how such a small animal can make such a big sound but they need wonder no longer. As Rob Muir reports, a UK-based researcher has found the answer.
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'Robo-Frog' the Robotic Romeo Who Gets the Girl

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Reuters (Dec. 6, 2013) — A robotic male frog has helped researchers unveil the mysterious nocturnal mating habits of Panama's tungara frog. 'Robo-frog' was recruited to woo potential mates and shed light on the species' romantic rituals. Jim Drury reports.
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Rockin' Ronan Proves That Sea Lions Can Keep the Beat

Rockin' Ronan Proves That Sea Lions Can Keep the Beat

Reuters (Apr. 2, 2013) — A California sealion named Ronan may represent the only non-human species who can keep a beat without simultaneous vocal mimicry. A study of Ronan published by the American Psychological Association, provides the first empirical evidence that the sealion can bob its head to the groove of a disco beat, without being able to sing along.
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Tree Frogs In Taiwan Use Drains As Mating Call Megaphones

Tree Frogs In Taiwan Use Drains As Mating Call Megaphones

Newsy (June 6, 2014) — Researchers have discovered a certain type of tree frog in Taiwan is using storm drains to amplify their mating calls, kind of like a megaphone. Video provided by Newsy
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