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Get It Polly! Dancing Bird Shocks Scientists

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Snowball, the dancing cockatoo is forcing scientists to re-evaluate their opinion on bird intelligence.

His dancing antics have made him an youtubes superstar while scientists are hailing his moves as proof that humans aren't the only creatures with a sense of rhythm.

Using scientific measurements of synchronisation, they proved that the musical beats and dancing were linked up.

They studied each video frame by frame, comparing the speed of the music and the movements of the creatures.

Suspect videos - where the music appeared to have been added afterwards - were ignored, as were videos where an animal could have been following movements offscreen.

From more than 1,000 videos, they found evidence that 14 species of parrot and one species of elephant can move in time to music.

Chimpanzees, dogs and cats appeared to have no sense of rhythm.

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