Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Another Example of Technology Corrupting Nature

As if cell phones going off in public weren't annoying enough, German ornithologists say that birds are imitating cell phone ring tones. Boing Boing directs us to the story from the Indo-Asian News Service:
The birds were simply adapting to their environment in imitating human sounds in what he termed an "evolutionary playground".
Many of the more common ring tones are themselves imitations of bird calls, so the birds are in some instances mimicking another species.
There is some consolation for those who can't stand the sound of cell phones:
Mobile phone users who have ring tones from pop music will, however, not find themselves reaching for their phones in error when a bird calls. The birds cannot imitate these complex melodies, only the simpler ring tones.

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