Functional convergence in bat and toothed whale biosonars

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  • P T Madsen
  • Annemarie Surlykke

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Echolocating bats and toothed whales hunt and navigate by emission of sound pulses and analysis of returning echoes to form a self-generated auditory scene. Here, we demonstrate a striking functional convergence in the way these two groups of mammals independently evolved the capability to sense with sound in air and water.

LanguageEnglish
JournalPhysiology
Volume28
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)276-83
Number of pages8
ISSN1548-9213
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013

    Research areas

  • Adaptation, Physiological, Air, Animals, Auditory Perception, Biological Evolution, Chiroptera, Echolocation, Water, Whales