Neurology: An ancient sensory organ in crocodilians

@article{Soares2002NeurologyAA,
  title={Neurology: An ancient sensory organ in crocodilians},
  author={D. Soares},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2002},
  volume={417},
  pages={241-242}
}
  • D. Soares
  • Published 2002
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature
Crocodilians hunt at night, waiting half-submerged for land-bound prey to disturb the water surface. Here I show that crocodilians have specialized sensory organs on their faces that can detect small disruptions in the surface of the surrounding water, and which are linked to a dedicated, hypertrophied nerve system. Such 'dome' pressure receptors are also evident in fossils from the Jurassic period, indicating that these semi-aquatic predators solved the problem of combining armour with tactile… Expand
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