The Prestin Gene and the Evolution of Ultrasonic Hearing in Cetaceans

The two major lineages of whales diverged from each other some 36 to 34 million years ago. One whale lineage, the baleen whales (Mysticeti), evolved a filter feeding strategy where vast quantities of tiny prey are strained from the water using rows of comb-like baleen plates (see Vaughan et al., 2010 for details). The second lineage, the toothed Read More...