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Old 02-03-2010, 05:31 PM   #1
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Default In Bats and Whales, Convergence in Echolocation Ability Runs Deep

In Bats and Whales, Convergence in Echolocation Ability Runs Deep
ScienceDaily
Jan. 27, 2010

In bats and whales, convergence in echolocation ability runs deep
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A hearing gene known as prestin in both bats and dolphins (a toothed whale) has picked up many of the same mutations over time, the studies show. As a result, if you draw a phylogenetic tree of bats, whales, and a few other mammals based on similarities in the prestin sequence alone, the echolocating bats and whales come out together rather than with their rightful evolutionary cousins.

Both research teams also have evidence showing that those changes to prestin were selected for, suggesting that they must be critical for the animals' echolocation for reasons the researchers don't yet fully understand...
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