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Western News | January 25, 2010

david mcerlain
PhD Candidate, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry

A recent study led by Western researchers, David McErlain, BSc'02 (Hons Kin), MSc'06 (Kin) and David Holdsworth, using 3-D imaging has uncovered exactly how bats are able to 'see' their surroundings.

The results of the research will appear this week in the journal Nature, entitled “A Bony Connection Signals Laryngeal Echolocation in Bats.”

With echolocation, animals emit sounds and then listen to the reflected echoes of those sounds to form images of their surroundings in their brains. The research team at Western used state-of-the-art micro-computed tomography systems at Robarts Research Institute to collect detailed 3-D scans of the internal anatomy of 26 different bats, representing 11 different evolutionary lineages.

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