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2009-04-30 14:45:44

Two recently published studies show that some birds, parrots in particular, can "dance" to a musical beat. The reports, published online on April 30th in Current Biology, reveal that birds can also bob their heads, tap their feet, and sway their bodies along to a musical beat. Researchers said the findings show that a very basic aspect of the human response to music is shared with other species. "We've discovered a cockatoo [named Snowball] that dances to the beat of human music," said...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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