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February 7, 2012 3:05 PM   Subscribe

Chill to the re-created chirrups of Jurassic crickets.
posted by Laminda (15 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

 
Thank you for this!

If I were going to imagine the stridulations of an ancient cricket, it would have been . . . I don't know, creepier somehow. That sounds more like somebody's cheap digital watch alarm. Still, that is exactly what I love about the past -- the unpredictability of its discoveries.
posted by Countess Elena at 3:11 PM on February 7, 2012


This is what happens when environmentalists release scientists into the wild; they get to see Jurassic Park and next you know the survival of your species relies on Newman and some teen girl knowing Unix. And they are brilliant.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 3:11 PM on February 7, 2012


Life finds a way.
posted by Fizz at 3:14 PM on February 7, 2012


Not much going on back then, it seems.
posted by longsleeves at 3:26 PM on February 7, 2012 [2 favorites]


wait it's spelled "chirrups"? fuck me
posted by nathancaswell at 3:39 PM on February 7, 2012


Well, that's it then. The call has gone out to the mothership.
posted by likeso at 3:41 PM on February 7, 2012


Hey, folks at Slate science, it would've been nice to actually hear the recreated cricket sound for longer than 3 seconds. And without the stupid background music and irritating narration rolling over it. Yeesh.

Thankfully, the BBC thought about those of us who actually wanted to hear it. Their article is better, too.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:43 PM on February 7, 2012 [15 favorites]


Wow it sounds exactly like a yank talking about things through the upper part of his mouth.
posted by tumid dahlia at 3:46 PM on February 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


Why the hell doesn't he shut up. I want to hear the sound.
posted by Splunge at 3:47 PM on February 7, 2012 [4 favorites]


Given that the Jurassic atmospheric apparently contained more oxygen and more carbon dioxide with higher pressure than the present atmosphere, would that alter how it sounded?
posted by panaceanot at 3:53 PM on February 7, 2012


Given that the Jurassic atmospheric apparently contained more oxygen and more carbon dioxide with higher pressure than the present atmosphere, would that alter how it sounded?

What I really want to know is: if a velociraptor eats your children in the jungle and there's no one around to hear them scream, do the crickets still chirp?
posted by Fizz at 3:56 PM on February 7, 2012


And there's my new ringtone.
posted by scruss at 4:28 PM on February 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


Definitely click straight through and watch the videos on the BBC or Guardian articles. That guy just reading the article and not playing the sound made me yell at my monitor for the first time in a while, heh.
posted by Sweetmag at 4:41 PM on February 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


And there's my new ringtone.

Yeah I really like it too, but by what magicks does one take a sound from the internet and insert it into their phone?
posted by tumid dahlia at 7:50 PM on February 7, 2012


Grab sound from your browser with Audio Hijack Pro, edit in Audacity, save as AAC (m4a), rename to m4r, drop it on iTunes, sync - and done.
posted by scruss at 4:09 AM on February 8, 2012


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