Archaboilus musicus

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Archaboilus musicus
Temporal range: 165 Ma
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Orthoptera
Family: Tettigoniidae
Genus: Archaboilus
Species: A. musicus
Binomial name
Archaboilus musicus
Gu, Engel & Ren, 2012

Archaboilus musicus is an extinct bush-cricket that lived during the Jurassic period 165 million years ago.[1]

Although behaviors are difficult to reconstruct for extinct species, in 2012 British scientists recreated the cricket's call based on a well-preserved fossil from China.[1][2]

Based on studies, it is believed that male A. musicus produced pure-tone (musical) songs using a resonant mechanism tuned at a frequency of 6.4 kHz.[2]

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  1. ^ a b "Jurassic Chirp: Scientists Recreate Ancient Cricket Song". Yahoo! News. Feb 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Gu, J. -J.; Montealegre-z, F.; Robert, D.; Engel, M. S.; Qiao, G. -X.; Ren, D. (2012). "Wing stridulation in a Jurassic katydid (Insecta, Orthoptera) produced low-pitched musical calls to attract females". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 109 (10): 3868. doi:10.1073/pnas.1118372109. PMC 3309752Freely accessible. PMID 22315416.