These Small Mammals Snort to a Different Tune

These Small Mammals Snort to a Different Tune

Meet the rock hyrax, sometimes called the rock rabbit or the dassie, common in rocky areas of Africa and the Middle East. We know a lot of birds sing, but we don’t have many mammals that actually perform a song, a complex song with different syllables coming in bouts. The whole song seems to be an introduction for these snorts.”In the earliest parts of the song, snorts are relatively rare. [Yishai A. Weissman et al., A crescendo in the inner structure of snorts: A reflection of increasing arousal in rock hyrax songs?] Weissman thinks that the snort crescendo, together with the increasing harshness, make the songs impossible to ignore and grabs the attention of other hyraxes—which makes sense.

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