Saturday, 2 August 2014

For bats and dolphins, hearing gene prestin adapted for echolocation

August 1, 2014

Molecular Biology and Evolution (Oxford University Press)

A little over a decade ago, prestin was found to be a key gene responsible for hearing in mammals. A new study has shown that prestin has also independently evolved to play a critical role in the ultrasonic hearing range of animal sonar, or echolocation, to help dolphins navigate through murky waters or bats find food in the dark.

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