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Post by Mrs. Beach on Thu Oct 11, 2012 1:45 pm

Scientists have found a rudimentary circuit between the brain and the vocal cords in male mice which eanbles them to sing songs when wooing females and to learn new songs from other mice!!!!!!!!

http://www.livescience.com/23878-singing-mice.html
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Post by madmouse on Thu Oct 11, 2012 7:56 pm

Wow! That is truly amazing! I knew that mice produced vocalizations that we couldn't hear, but I had no idea they actually sung songs. When I was a kid with rats, I read that the ultrasonic sounds produced by rats could be picked up on one of those "bat detectors". [A bat detector is some sort of device that translates ultrasonic sounds into something we can hear. They're used by people bat-watching at night and can be built at home from a kit.] Do you think we could pick up the sounds of mice singing with one of these things? I would give anything to hear the song of the mouse!

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Post by madmouse on Thu Oct 11, 2012 7:59 pm

Did you see the youtube video of the genetically engineered "singing" mouse in Japan that tweets like a bird?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLu37VvCozw

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Post by Mrs. Beach on Thu Oct 11, 2012 10:23 pm

More about mouse song:
http://www.livescience.com/18178-house-mice-courtship-songs.html

Females can tell the songs of their male siblings from the songs of male suitors.
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