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An international team of top boffins has quite literally left no stone unturned in its efforts to answer a highly unusual question: Just what did the love songs of the Jurassic era really sound like? This is actually the mating music of a "primitive bush cricket", whose modern descendants are also known as katydids, which …

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Wow that gave me a fright, thought you'd uncovered a recording of Ian Botham singing "I'm not in Love" phew!

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I was hoping for something like Lord Beginner's Cricket Lovely Cricket. Imagine my disappointment!

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Howzat!

Remarkable boffinry at its finest.

Mind you I was hoping the call would end with a satisfying >crunch< as the cricket disappeared into the mouth of a waiting Coelurosaur.

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I remember the pre-history of cricket...

before The Ashes.

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Uncovered wickets, Chris Tavaré, etc. and so on.

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@TRT

before The Ashes

Right now I'd settle for "before the UAE whitewash".

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Hm. What would you burn for that event? Ah yes; the infidel. >:->

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I was looking for a new ringtone for my phone.

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165 million years old

and the RIAA will still be claiming copyright on it.

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Guess I'll just have to wait for the boffins to work out what sounds the 750 million year old sponges made.

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Old sponges

If the one in my old bathroom in the shared house is anything to go by, "pong!"

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Cricket songs.

Thanks. Now I've got Booker T and the MGs on subconscious loop.....

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Rather tame sounding

sounds, eh, pretty much like any other cricket. Not to pooh-pooh the fine boffinry, but as this was a JURASSIC cricket, I admit I was hoping for something more along the lines of a chainsaw cutting through a piece of sheetmetal.

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Fernando Montealegre-Zapata

Any relation to Emiliano Zapata?

Sorry I couldn't resist...

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Katydids?

What Katydids?

(Sorry!)

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Katy lies, you can see it in her eyes....

Name that band!!

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Was that a song?

Or the introduction to Eleanor Rigby (All the Lonely Katydids)?

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How was it for you?

Pretty dull, but at least you didn't eat me after ... wait, hold on a minute there ...

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The next time you hear that siren song, slip

a flat ornamental skin shield on your teeny weeny cricket head, like you learned in Sex Education in your Jurassic Period (that's the period between gym and lunch.) :-)

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Alas, eggheads didn't consider that ancient crickets were mortal enemies of the bee

Science has brought it back, but it's not a cricket lovesong, instead its an insectoid wail designed to drive their honey bee tormentors to madness!!

(it would explain a lot!)

http://money.cnn.com/2012/02/07/news/economy/honey_bees/index.htm

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