Data from: The evolution of bat vestibular systems in the face of potential antagonistic selection pressures for flight and echolocation

Kalina T. J. Davies, Paul J. J. Bates, Ibnu Maryanto, James A. Cotton & Stephen J. Rossiter
The vestibular system maintains the body’s sense of balance and, therefore, was probably subject to strong selection during evolutionary transitions in locomotion. Among mammals, bats possess unique traits that place unusual demands on their vestibular systems. First, bats are capable of powered flight, which in birds is associated with enlarged semicircular canals. Second, many bats have enlarged cochleae associated with echolocation, and both cochleae and semicircular canals share a space within the petrosal bone. To...
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