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Ancient Whale Skulls and Directional Hearing: A Twisted Tale


August 22, 2011

restoration of Basilosaurus isis Skewed skulls may have helped early whales discriminate the direction of sounds in water and are not solely, as previously thought, a later adaptation related to echolocation. University of Michigan researchers report the finding in a paper to be published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences during the week of Aug. 22. Full Story

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