Evolutionary biology: The origin of terrestrial hearing

@article{Clack2015EvolutionaryBT,
  title={Evolutionary biology: The origin of terrestrial hearing},
  author={Jennifer Alice Clack},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2015},
  volume={519},
  pages={168-169}
}
  • J. Clack
  • Published 12 March 2015
  • Physics
  • Nature
A study of the African lungfish reveals that it has a rudimentary ability to detect pressure waves caused by sound. The finding expands our knowledge of how hearing evolved in early tetrapods, the first vertebrates to have limbs and digits. 

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