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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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Buzz60 (Apr. 2, 2013) — Scientists at the University of California, Santa Cruz trained a sea lion named Ronan to bob her head in time with rhythmic sounds. Aside from parrots, she is the first non-human mammal that can independently keep a beat -- and she looks really cute doing it -- to The Backstreet Boys and Earth, Wind and Fire. Kristina Behr has the details.
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Throat Organ Reveals Depth of Koala Love

Throat Organ Reveals Depth of Koala Love

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

'Robo-Frog' the Robotic Romeo Who Gets the Girl

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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Bears Captured on Camera "Twerking" in National Park

Bears Captured on Camera "Twerking" in National Park

Buzz60 (July 31, 2013) — A park ranger in Alberta, Canada pointed a camera at a tree that bears use to mark their scent, and wound up capturing video of the bears appearing to get their groove on as they rub "twerk"-style against the tree.
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