Structure of the cerebral cortex of the humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae (Cetacea, Mysticeti, Balaenopteridae)

  title={Structure of the cerebral cortex of the humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae (Cetacea, Mysticeti, Balaenopteridae)},
  author={Patrick R. Hof and Estel Van der Gucht},
  journal={The Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology},
  • P. Hof, E. Van der Gucht
  • Published 1 January 2007
  • Biology
  • The Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
Cetaceans diverged from terrestrial mammals between 50 and 60 million years ago and acquired, during their adaptation to a fully aquatic milieu, many derived features, including echolocation (in odontocetes), remarkable auditory and communicative abilities, as well as a complex social organization. [] Key Method We studied the cerebral cortex of the humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) in comparison to another balaenopterid, the fin whale, and representative odontocetes. We observed several differences…
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