The song of a Jurassic cricket


8 Responses to “The song of a Jurassic cricket”

  1. Lobster says:

    Chirp chirp-CHIIIIRP chirp chirp, Chirp chirp-CHIIIIRP chirp chirp, CHIRP chirp CHIRRRUUPP, chirp chirp chiiiiiiiirp!

  2. nosehat says:

    Dr Zapata then set out to calculate the frequency of the tone, which denotes how high- or low-pitched it sounded. To to this, he simply compared the size and shape of its music-making or “stridulatory” instruments to those of living cricket species

    That’s probably the best way of guessing, but surely the frequency only depends on how quickly they scrape their wings.  I guess if the muscle structure was exactly the same, and the nerve impulses exactly the same, this would work.  But wouldn’t this also be effected by ambient temperature?

  3. awjt says:

    I was wondering about comparing wear patterns on modern cricket stridulators with the fossilized ones, to get a clue if the chirp patterns are similar.  Maybe the old ones had different ways of chirping than the modern crickets.

  4. SomeGuyNamedMark says:

     So this is what the dinosaurs heard on those lazy summer days when they sat in their nests drinking lemonade?

  5. vonskippy says:

    Pure speculation (and therefore crap) – must be funding review time there, so they publish something stupid even the general public could find “interesting”.

  6. I of the general public thought it was “interesting”  but it would still be annoying behind the fridge.

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