Sense of Rhythm Limited to Animals that Can Mimic Human Speech? Not So Fast Says Ronan the Sea Lion!
Editor’s Note: Here is something fun to brighten up your day that will also take you back to your comparative cognition studies!
Ronan is a now four-year-old sea lion who knows how — disputing long-held notions that only animals who can mimic human speech can do so — to rock to the beat. Found in 2009 on California’s Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo, she lives at the Pinniped Cognition & Sensory Systems Laboratory at the University of California, Santa Cruz’s Long Marine Laboratory.
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