jurassic
by Michael dEstries
Categories: Entertainment, Pop Culture.
Photo: Flickr/Creative Commons

If you were alive in the forests of the Jurassic period some 165 million years ago, you likely would have heard the below sound – before, of course, your screams filled the air as a hungry Allosaurus hunted you down.

How did scientists achieve this? By analyzing the fossilized wing structure of a long-extinct bushcricket from the period and comparing it to the structures of 59 modern-day katydid species. A computer took all of this information and spit out the result – giving us likely the closest audio hint of the Jurassic period we’re likely to ever get.

“The Jurassic forest was already packed with many animals singing at night,” Fernando Montealegre-Zapata, a University of Bristol biologist told MSNBC. “I’m not just talking about the crickets but the frogs. That would create a noisy environment, and in a noisy environment the best way to communicate is with a single frequency, and loudly.”

Have a listen below.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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