Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Animals that can match us on the dancefloor: Study attempts to find whether creatures actually have rhythm

Details revealed by American Association for the Advancement of Science
Researchers studied Ronan the sea lion who dances to Boogie Wonderland
They also examined a bonobo who jammed with Peter Gabriel

PUBLISHED: 01:50, 17 February 2014 | UPDATED: 01:50, 17 February 2014

If any band was capable of getting the animal world dancing, it had to be Earth, Wind and Fire.

The exploits of Ronan, a female sea lion who ‘dances’ to their hit Boogie Wonderland, is central to a study into whether animals have rhythm and how it could play a vital role in communication.

Peter Cook, who trained her at the University of California, said Ronan is able to ‘dynamically adjust’ to the beat.

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