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Karen. twenty one bank of america corporation. This is scientific. Americans sixty seconds science. I'm karen hopkin sounds convey a lot of information. They can alert animals to potential dangers. Let parents know when their offspring are hungry or service. Mating calls territorial warnings. Third just a way to let others in the area know that you're there and it turns out that even embryos pay attention to this natural soundscape. A growing body of research shows that for many animal species embryos use audio from their environment to guide their development a trick that can give them an advantage after they're born so the species that studied labor finch refined that the parents make a special goal. When he's hot and that's those he hickel prepay development of the embryos for heat millan mariot of deakin university australia and she made this discovery by chance. I was studying the communication between the parents at nests. When i noticed said sometimes when your parents was incubating the eggs by itself It was producing a cord. That was quite different to the others san since there was no one else around. She wondered whether that parent might be talking to the eggs so she hung around the aviary and listened in it soon became apparent said to province for only calling to the eggs when you was really hot but what does that do for the developing chicks to find out. Marriot's started the eggs cheat. Take them to an incubator and play them either. These zebra finch heat call or a different call. One that the parents make when they change shifts. Then she'd returned the eggs to their nests when the chicks hatched mary. It film that the birds that had heard about the heat were actually smaller than the others. That was a little bit surprising at the time. But then fans at reducing gross in the heat whose advantageous because individual than produce more babies when they're adults And that's probably because savoy did so costs of growing big in the heat which takes a lot of energy. Birds are not the only ones who learn about prevailing conditions via embryonic eavesdropping in frog embryos. They use the vibration that snake prieto make when they approached the eggs to know that they have to much to fall in the water and then had beaten and cricket embryos pay attention to male courtship songs if it sounds like there's an abundance of available males sh- female speed up their development to take advantage of the situation while the males take their time so they'll be stronger and bigger when they finally emerge other embryos chirp at their siblings to coordinate. Win the hatch. So no one gets left behind and crocodile. Babies talked to their moms from inside the eggs so colder that make down some weather that thereby too much so she can start digging out nest and so that makes it hatching process a lot easier. Fold of the embryos in the coach. Even human embryos can tune in to the goings on so in humans. Renault that fater scan learn to recognize the most of all is and they can also stat recognizing the middle d of the native language. Of course the next question becomes how are these embryos actually listening in through an eggshell or even a womb and more importantly how do they act on what they here i had to go into noodle baiter g and look at how the brain may processes information and how it may be transmitted into changes in development murray had found that in these species the brain regions that process sound are wired up to areas that control things like hormone production work. She describes the journal trends in ecology and evolution. So embryos can respond to this and without really knowing woodsy sondhi's about and so it's not really that the embryos he owes sounds consciously basically it's spontaneous physiological response but it helps them make the kind of sound decisions that will queue them up for future success for scientific americans sixty seconds science i'm

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