Sea lion dancing to ‘Boogie’ beat sheds light on rhythm in brain

Sea lions can’t sing along to music, but they might just dance to the beat. Researchers at UC Santa Cruz have trained Ronan the California sea lion to bob along to a variety of musical genres, making her the first mammal (besides humans) to respond to rhythm.

The findings, described in the Journal of Comparative Psychology, may help shed light on the origins of the brain’s ability to sync sound and movement.



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