Tiny, earless frog hears with its mouth

09/3/2013 | Christian Science Monitor, The

Long-thought to be deaf because it has no middle ear, the tiny, rare Gardiner's frog listens with its mouth. "Ultimately the structure allowing these earless frogs to hear [the mouth] is already present and serves other functions such as feeding and sound production," said Renaud Boistel of the French National Center for Scientific Research, who co-authored the paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "It is a quite unexpected result, but in the end a simple and elegant solution."

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