Wing fossil from Permostridulus brongniarti
Listen to Extinct Crickets Chirp
The land’s first known singer may have sounded like a raspier version of today’s familiar insect fiddlers.
ABOVE: European Journal of Entomology 100 (2003): 581-86.
Listen to Extinct Crickets Chirp
Listen to Extinct Crickets Chirp

The land’s first known singer may have sounded like a raspier version of today’s familiar insect fiddlers.

The land’s first known singer may have sounded like a raspier version of today’s familiar insect fiddlers.

ABOVE: European Journal of Entomology 100 (2003): 581-86.

animal communication

A fossil imprint of the stridulatory apparatus from an extinct cricket species
Book Excerpt from Sounds Wild and Broken
David George Haskell | May 16, 2022
In a chapter entitled “Predators, Silence, Wings,” author David George Haskell explores the soundscapes of bygone eras of animal communication.
Cute sleeping newborn baby child on mother hands stock photo
Exposure to Chemical from Babies Linked to Aggression
Chloe Tenn | Nov 22, 2021
A study finds that the odorless compound hexadecanal, or HEX, increases aggressive behavior in women but has a calming effect on men.
ABOVE: A pair of Labroides dimidiatus cleaner fish cleaning a puffer fish
Cleaner Fish Alter Behavior if Partners Can See Them “Cheating”
Chloe Tenn | Oct 7, 2021
A study of feeding behavior suggests the fish feed differently in front of their partners—a behavioral feature also found in primates.
A woman sits with a camera and recording equipment looking up at a tree full of bats (unseen).
Baby Talk: Bat Pups Babble Like Human Infants
Annie Melchor | Aug 20, 2021
By studying the vocal behavior of 20 baby bats from birth to weaning, researchers have identified striking similarities between how young humans and bats develop communication skills.
mole-rat, naked mole-rat, animal behavior, social behavior, dialect, language, eusocial, evolution,
Naked Mole Rat Colonies Have Their Own Unique Dialects
Amanda Heidt | Feb 4, 2021
Chirp dialects appear to be enforced by the colony’s queen, but scientists aren’t sure how. 
animal learning, zebra finch, model organism, communication, fast mapping, individual recognition, cognition, evolution
Zebra Finches Recognize the Calls of Over 40 Fellow Finches
Amanda Heidt | Nov 13, 2020
Their ability to distinguish between individuals is strong evidence for fast mapping, a learning tool generally thought to belong only to humans.
Image of the Day: Black Cats
Emily Makowski | Dec 19, 2019
Melanism in felines is both helpful and harmful.
Squirrels Listen to Birdsong for Safety Cues
Emily Makowski | Sep 5, 2019
Eastern gray squirrels appear to ease up on vigilance behavior when the birds sound calm.
glowing swell shark
Image of the Day: Fluorescent Sharks
Nicoletta Lanese | Aug 13, 2019
A newfound family of metabolites emits green light in response to the blue light of the deep ocean, causing certain sharks to glow.
deer forest sounds
Browsing Deer Affect How A Forest Sounds
Jef Akst | Jun 1, 2019
Changes in the auditory environment as a result of herbivory could influence how animals communicate, and may have implications for sound-based monitoring of species.
Suit Filed to Stop Seismic Airgun Blasting in Atlantic Ocean
Ashley Yeager | Dec 12, 2018
Eight environmental groups took the legal measure in an effort to protect North Atlantic right whales and other marine organisms.
Starfish in the Deep Sea Can See
Abby Olena | Feb 6, 2018
A study of 13 starfish species reveals that even animals that live at depths where sunlight doesn’t reach have functioning eyes.
Song Around the Animal Kingdom
The Scientist Staff | Mar 1, 2017
Diverse species are said to sing, but music is in the ear of the beholder.
Birds May Make Music, But They Lack Rhythm
Jenny Rood | Mar 1, 2017
Birdsong bears a striking resemblance to human music, but it’s not yet clear that birds interpret it that way.
Bats Sing Sort of Like Birds
Bob Grant | Mar 1, 2017
Some bat vocalizations resemble bird songs, though at higher frequencies, and as researchers unveil the behaviors’ neural underpinnings, the similarities may run even deeper.
Researchers Study Rodent Songs They Can’t Hear
Joshua A. Krisch | Mar 1, 2017
Mice and rats produce ultrasonic signals to attract mates.
Untangling the Social Webs in Frog Choruses
Tracy Vence | Mar 1, 2017
Frogs and other anurans call to attract mates, and individuals must strive for their voices to be heard in the crowd.
From Cricket Choruses to Drosophila Calls
Jef Akst | Mar 1, 2017
A handful of insect species communicate using auditory signals—sounds that researchers have dubbed “song.”
The Mystery of Whale Song
Kate Yandell | Mar 1, 2017
Structured whale songs are shared by group members and evolve over time, but the calls’ functions are still unclear.