Kenneth S. Norris

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The site and physiologic mechanism(s) responsible for the generation of odontocete biosonar signals have eluded investigators for decades. To address these issues we subjected postmortem toothed whale heads to interrogation using medical imaging techniques. Most of the 40 specimens (from 19 species) were examined using x-ray computed tomography (CT) and/or(More)
We present the clinical, cytogenetic, and molecular studies on a constitutional deletion of 19q ascertained prenatally due to decreased fetal activity and IUGR. Chromosome analysis by GTG banding on amniocytes suggested a del(19)(q13.1q13.3), but the analysis of microsatellites by PCR demonstrated that the deletion involved the distal segment of q12 and the(More)
A trisomy 17pter --> p11.2 derived from a supernumerary de novo satellited marker was identified by GTG bands and fluorescent in situ hybridisation (FISH) in amniocytes of a fetus with malformations and intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR). At 39 weeks a male infant with a phenotype similar to other postnatal cases of 'pure' complete trisomy 17p was born.(More)
Operant conditioning techniques were used to establish a discriminative echolocation performance in a porpoise. Pairs of spheres of disparate diameters were presented in an under-water display, and the positions of the spheres were switched according to a scrambled sequence while the blindfolded porpoise responded on a pair of submerged response levers.(More)
Marine mammal vocalizations have always presented an intriguing topic for researchers not only because they provide an insight on their interaction, but also because they are a way for scientists to extract information on their location, number and various other parameters needed for their monitoring and tracking. In the past years field researchers have(More)
A Pacific bottlenose porpoise, Tursiops gilli, was trained for a period of 10 weeks to swim at high speed on command and return to an underwater speaker when a specific sound cue was played. This animal was released in the open sea off Oahu, Hawaii, and worked each day for 7 days. At night it was held in an anchored floating pen. The trainer's control over(More)
Light transmission through the body wall of living, color-labile desert iguanas (Dipsosaurus dorsalis) was measured by spectrophotometry. In the dark phase, the body wall's absorption of ultraviolet light and visible light was approximately twice that of the body wall in the light phase. The shorter wavelengths of ultraviolet could penetrate the body wall(More)