Thursday, May 31, 2012

[Mammalogy • 2012] Discovery of a sensory organ that coordinates lunge feeding in rorqual whales


Figure 1: Key jaw anatomy of a rorqual lunge, shown in a fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus).
a, Jaw in oblique view. b, Laterally extensible, accordion-like VGB. c, YSF embedded in the VGB of an adult fin whale, demarcated by arrows and digitally enhanced with a low opacity mask. ma, mandibles; me, mental foramina; so, sensory organ; vib, vibrissae. Art by C. Buell.

Subject terms: Organismal biology; Zoology; Palaeontology; Animal behaviour


Discovery of a sensory organ that coordinates lunge feeding in rorqual whales 

Researchers Identify New Sensory Organ in Whales : http://www.sci-news.com/biology/article00340.html 

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