Sensory anatomy of the most aquatic of carnivorans: the Antarctic Ross seal, and convergences with other mammals

@article{Loza2017SensoryAO,
  title={Sensory anatomy of the most aquatic of carnivorans: the Antarctic Ross seal, and convergences with other mammals},
  author={C. M. Loza and Ashley E Latimer and M. S{\'a}nchez-Villagra and A. Carlini},
  journal={Biology Letters},
  year={2017},
  volume={13}
}
Transitions to and from aquatic life involve transformations in sensory systems. The Ross seal, Ommatophoca rossii, offers the chance to investigate the cranio-sensory anatomy in the most aquatic of all seals. The use of non-invasive computed tomography on specimens of this rare animal reveals, relative to other species of phocids, a reduction in the diameters of the semicircular canals and the parafloccular volume. These features are independent of size effects. These transformations parallel… Expand

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