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The origin of terrestrial hearing


A study of the African lungfish reveals that it has a rudimentary ability to detect pressure waves caused by sound. The finding expands our knowledge of how hearing evolved in early tetrapods, the first vertebrates to have limbs and digits.

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Figure 1: Evolution of the hearing apparatus in tetrapods.


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Clack, J. The origin of terrestrial hearing. Nature 519, 168–169 (2015).

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