Functional, Morphological, and Evolutionary Characterization of Hearing in Subterranean, Eusocial African Mole-Rats

@article{Pyott2020FunctionalMA,
  title={Functional, Morphological, and Evolutionary Characterization of Hearing in Subterranean, Eusocial African Mole-Rats},
  author={S. Pyott and M. van Tuinen and Laurel A. Screven and K. Schrode and J. Bai and Catherine M. Barone and S. Price and A. Lysakowski and Maxwell Sanderford and Sudhir Kumar and J. Santos-Sacchi and Amanda M Lauer and T. Park},
  journal={Current Biology},
  year={2020},
  volume={30},
  pages={4329-4341.e4}
}
Naked mole-rats are highly vocal, eusocial, subterranean rodents with, counterintuitively, poor hearing. The causes underlying their altered hearing are unknown. Moreover, whether altered hearing is degenerate or adaptive to their unique lifestyles is controversial. We used various methods to identify the factors contributing to altered hearing in naked and the related Damaraland mole-rats and to examine whether these alterations result from relaxed or adaptive selection. Remarkably, we found… Expand

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