As I’ve mentioned, although I love library science, I go mad for zoology. I’ve long studied interactions at the club through my “anthropologist eyes,” but I never was brave enough to publish! I love the new study published in Biology Letters that examines male dancing and concludes that it may be a good indicator of general health and reproductive potential. Boy howdy, can you say that again: this BBC article wraps up the salient points nicely, but here’s a reference to the original work, although at this point it has only been published online and is in a subscription based publication:
Neave, N., McCarty, K., Freynik, J., Caplan, N., Hönekopp, J., & Fink, B. (2010). Male dance moves that catch a woman’s eye. Biology Letters. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2010.0619
On an interesting and related note, you all may remember the dancing bird craze that originated from videos on Youtube. Well, I’ll admit to missing out on this the first time around, but it makes me so happy that these dancing bird videos came to the attention of scientists, which eventually resulted in an empirical study.
Patel, A. D., Iversen, J. R., Bregman, M. R., & Schulz, I. (2009). Experimental Evidence for Synchronization to a Musical Beat in a Nonhuman Animal. Current Biology, 19(10), 827-830.
Above is a video I found on Youtube that may be the bird from the study–Snowball–but even if it isn’t, you’ll get the general idea. Although Snowball is great, I actually got into this madness through dubstep bird, and this animal completely AMAZES me. If you’ve ever seen young men dancing to dubstep, you’ll see that this bird is dead-on, and I love its break down moves ~ very nice. I just can’t help but be totally fascinated by this behavior, and it might break my heart if this video is a hoax:
The world is so wonderful!