Dance is a uniquely human form of attracting a mate, right? Wrong, it turns out we might have something in common with dinosaurs when it comes to dance!

amargasaurus dinosaur dancing

Source: Luis Rey

While we may think we have a varied collection of dance moves, we have nothing on birds. Probably the most famous group of dancing birds are the Birds-of-Paradise. These species of birds have some of the most complex and magnificent mating displays, or dances, in the animal kingdom.

We start off today with a fascinating video on the dance rituals of the Birds-of-Paradise from the Birds-of-Paradise Project, a project we featured a few months that was one of our most popular articles! Check it out!

So, what does any of that have to do with dinosaurs? Well, a lot actually. We know that birds are the closest living relatives of dinosaurs and that many dino species had some kind of plumage, so if we can determine if behaviors like dancing were passed down through the course of evolution, we may have stumbled across an entirely new way of looking at dinosaurs!

Don’t take my word for it, here is Jack Horner, one of the most famous paleontologist in the United States (you may recognize him as the scientist behind the dino-chicken project), with this incredible theory!

What an incredible theory!

It’s amazing that science and technology seem to be making us smarter every day! Certainly, since starting on at Ever Widening Circles, I find myself not only learning from the articles we publish but finding that how I consume other forms of media have changed. Instead of wanting to watch the latest viral video or sitcom, I turn toward podcasts and television shows that leave me feeling smarter.

I like to think of stumbling upon EWC in some ways as the first time you decide to go for a walk instead of sitting on the couch or turn over a new leaf about eating right. It’s the first step in training your brain to look for media that enriches and grows your horizons! So, if you’re like me and have already forgotten your new year’s resolutions, joining the EWC community by subscribing to our daily post notification, or liking us on Facebook, might be the first step in becoming more media healthy!

Stay beautiful & keep laughing!

-Liesl

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Notes:

  1. Birds-of-Paradise Project. “Dance: And the Birds-of-Paradise.” YouTube. LabofOrnithology, 10 Feb. 2013. Web. 10 Feb. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVQI444mCAQ>.
  2. “TIL: Dinosaurs May Have Danced Like Birds.” YouTube. National Geographic, 9 Feb. 2016. Web. 10 Feb. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SlWw3_90GI&feature=youtu.be>.

Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

COO Ever Widening Circles

Liesl is a camera-toting traveler, a global story seeker, and an aspiring—but more often floundering—yoga lover. She can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV