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Sensory Evolution on the ThresholdAdaptations in Secondarily Aquatic Vertebrates$
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J. G. M. Thewissen

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780520252783

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520252783.001.0001

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Comparative and Functional Anatomy of Balance in Aquatic Mammals

Comparative and Functional Anatomy of Balance in Aquatic Mammals

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(p.257) 16 Comparative and Functional Anatomy of Balance in Aquatic Mammals
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Sensory Evolution on the Threshold
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Fred Spoor

J. G. M. Thewissen

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520252783.003.0016

This chapter considers the comparative and functional anatomy of the organ of balance or vestibular system in aquatic and semiaquatic mammals, such as cetaceans, artiodactyls, sirenians, rodents, carnivores, and monotremes. It focuses on the semicircular canal and its anatomical diversity among aquatic and mammal species, and relates this diversity to locomotor behaviors and to the demands of an aquatic environment.

Keywords:   balance, aquatic mammals, semiaquatic mammals, cetaceans, artiodactyls, sirenians, rodents, carnivores, monotremes, semicircular canal

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