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The effects of mechanical property manipulation on Minke Whale hearing sensitivity

[1432] Tubelli, A. A., A. L. Zosuls, D. R. Ketten, and D. C. Mountain, "The effects of mechanical property manipulation on Minke Whale hearing sensitivity", 19th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, Abstracts, vol. Abstracts, issue Abstracts, Tampa, FL, Society for Marine Mammology, pp. 296-297, 11, 2011. Get PDF:  Abstract.pdf (format PDF / 262 KB) There is little knowledge about the biomechanics of hearing in mysticetes. Biophysical models of the middle ear can predict audiograms in part via the middle-ear transfer function. Previous work predicted that the frequency range of best sensitivity for the Minke Whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) is near the range of vocalizations for that species. A revised middle ear finite element model incorporates middle ear soft tissues as geometry, including the glove finger, the ear drum homologue familiar from terrestrial mammalian species.
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