Scientists found lemurs sing using a kind of rhythm that only people and birds have been proven to use before

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These lemurs’ songs sound like air being squeezed out of balloons, but a closer listen showed that the animals have rhythm. nyti.ms/2ZpdEFa
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(National  Geographic)- After analyzing hundreds of the primates’ songs, the scientists found that indris sing using a kind of rhythm that only people and birds have been proven to use before.
It’s the first time a mammal besides humans has been found to use these rhythms, which are defined as having a set amount of time between notes.

“Indris are the only lemurs that communicate with songs,” says De Gregorio, a primatologist at the University of Turin, in Italy, and lead author of a new study on indri rhythms, published today in Current Biology.

In this case, De Gregorio refers to the animals’ tendency to harmonize in duets and even choruses of more than two animals. The animals sing to find family members that have become lost, lay claim to patches of forest, and even perform “vocal battles” with their neighbors, De Gregorio says in an email.

Source:  National  Geographic

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