Marguerite Humeau Reconstructs Vocal Chords of Extinct Creatures

 - Jul 11, 2012
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If you've ever wondered what dinosaurs and other extinct creatures sound like, now you can find out through Marguerite Humeau's project. The designer and recent graduate of the Royal College of Art has recreated the vocal chords of a few long-gone species -- the entelodont, a mammoth and an ambulocetus -- and made a video to reveal the final sounds.

To produce the ancient sounds, Marguerite Humeau first had to extensively study the spines, ribcages and skulls of each creature's fossils. She also studied an MRI scan of a 10,000-year-old mammoth, says Wired. Then, she fit air compressors and faux silicon vocal chords into giant figures made from polyurethane foam. The results are high-pitched, almost shriek-like noises, as well as low grumbles. Hear them all in this video!