Neurology: An ancient sensory organ in crocodilians

  title={Neurology: An ancient sensory organ in crocodilians},
  author={Daphne Soares},
  • D. Soares
  • Published 16 May 2002
  • Environmental Science
  • 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… 

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