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New paper shows whale ears “float” in their heads Photo

New paper shows whale ears “float” in their heads

In a new paper published March 11, scientists illustrate how marine mammals adapted their hearing to the underwater environment by evolving their inner and middle ears. These parts of their ears actually “float” inside of their heads, separate from their skulls that vibrate from underwater sound waves. This allows the marine mammals to hear more clearly and isolate the direction sound is coming from.

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New study into breath hold physiology

A paper published in the journal Science offers an explanation into how marine mammals manage to store oxygen during long deep dives. Scientists have understood that high levels of myoglobin allow more oxygen to be stored, but until now, have not understood how this happens.

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