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Evolution of the Cochlea and Hearing in Odontocetes

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Project "ECHO" data sheet

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city: LONDON
postcode: SW7 5BD

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Total cost 195˙454 €
 EC max contribution 195˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2016
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-10-02   to  2019-10-01


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM UK (LONDON) coordinator 195˙454.00


 Project objective

Toothed whales (Odontoceti) are a spectacular example of evolutionary adaptation, highly specialised apex predators and a key component of modern ocean ecosystems. The key innovation that has facilitated their evolutionary success is echolocation. Research into odontocete hearing has so far been biased towards physiological experiments and auditory pathway identification; quantitative studies on the cochlea are lacking, despite its critical role in audition. I will fill this gap in knowledge of the cochlea in cetaceans by: (1) quantifying differences in the morphology of odontocete cochlea through the application of cutting-edge scanning, visualisation and quantitative analytical techniques (e.g. 3D geometric morphometrics) to gather in depth data of all features of a fully representative range of odontocete cochlea; (2) testing through statistical analysis whether these differences correlate with, or are driven by, factors such as diet, behaviour or auditory sensitivity; (3) incorporating fossil taxa to pinpoint the timing of the evolution of echolocation; and (4) identifying convergent evolution of specialised high frequency hearing in river dolphins using novel methods for testing and quantifying morphological convergence. This project will create the most comprehensive data set of odontocete inner ear models ever compiled and will mark a major advance in the understanding of cetacean sensory evolution, providing profound insights into how this enigmatic group of marine mammals came to dominate the oceans - making sense of a sixth sense. The data gathered will be made openly available to other researchers.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Felix G. Marx, Travis Park, Erich M.G. Fitzgerald, Alistair R. Evans
A Miocene pygmy right whale fossil from Australia
published pages: e5025, ISSN: 2167-8359, DOI: 10.7717/peerj.5025
PeerJ 6 2020-03-11
2019 Travis Park, Bastien Mennecart, Loïc Costeur, Camille Grohé, Natalie Cooper
Convergent evolution in toothed whale cochleae
published pages: , ISSN: 1471-2148, DOI: 10.1186/s12862-019-1525-x
BMC Evolutionary Biology 19/1 2020-03-11
2019 James R. Robbins, Travis Park, Ellen J. Coombs
Supernumerary teeth observed in a live True’s beaked whale in the Bay of Biscay
published pages: e7809, ISSN: 2167-8359, DOI: 10.7717/peerj.7809
PeerJ 7 2020-03-11

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