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#1 Feb 07 2012 at 1:22 AM Rating: Excellent
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http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/02/jurassic-cricket-song/

Basically some scientists were able to extrapolate the sound of a particularily well preserved jurrasic era cricket, by known the approximate mineral composition of the long dead one, the structure, and making use of what we know about close modern ancestors. Were you standing in a forest jungle somewhere on pangea or whatever the supercontinant was called back then, you might very well have heared exactly this sound.

I dunno about you, but this science **** is neat!
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#2 Feb 07 2012 at 1:43 AM Rating: Good
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The high pitch is pretty. sort of in the range of a bell bird. But I bet people who get annoyed by cricket, frog and cicada calls are glad they're gone. The high repetitive call may have driven them nuts!
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#3 Feb 07 2012 at 2:07 AM Rating: Good
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I was going to say that the title left me unsatisfied when it was all **************************** but its just a cricket, then I listened to it.

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The high pitch is pretty.

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If it's any consolation it may have come from the era of denser air when flying insects were all HOLY **** 3 FOOT LONG.
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#5 Feb 07 2012 at 7:36 AM Rating: Good
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That's pretty cool. I wonder how it sounds in comparison with today's crickets?
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#6 Feb 07 2012 at 8:28 AM Rating: Excellent
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Easy enough to compare, surely? Do you not have crickets in Maine?

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That is not pleasant.
It is however really ******* cool.
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How long before the religious groups claim the date is wrong?
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Easy enough to compare, surely? Do you not have crickets in Maine?

We have lots of crickets in Maine. When one gets stuck in the garage it's annoying as all ****.

Our crickets are small, but make a really loud rather piercing noise on mid-summer nights when they all get together. I was kind of wondering if ancient crickets were bigger and/or louder and/or more numerous.

...trying to imagine the din of multitudes of giant-sized crickets.
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#10 Feb 07 2012 at 9:26 AM Rating: Excellent
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As loud as our "regular" ones are, I shudder to think. How anything got any sleep back then, between the noise and the constant predation, is beyond me.

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Smiley: lolImagine the giant proto-mosquito buzzing around your head all night.
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Or picking you up and flying away.


Edited, Feb 7th 2012 10:58am by lolgaxe
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This thread reminded of these recordings. I posted this years ago, but it's pretty cool stuff - worth a repost.

A new (new ten years ago) technology provided the capability to record the nanoscopic sounds from yeast cells as they're being 'stressed'. The final recording is a yeast cell essentially getting killed. The recordings are in Real Audio.
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That ancient cricket sounds like an Alert sound from Windows 95.
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