3D images of avian vocal organ shed light on birds' songs

01/8/2013 | ScienceDaily

Using high-field MRI and micro-computed tomography, researchers have produced 3D images of the syrinx, a vocal organ similar to human vocal cords but unique to birds. The images show the structures that make up the syrinx and work together to enable birds to produce an astounding range of intonations and sounds. "This study provides the basis to analyze the micromechanics, and exact neural and muscular control of the syrinx," said lead researcher Coen Elemans.

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