Unique Organ Is Behind Koalas' Low-pitched Voice

by Rukmani Krishna on  December 5, 2013 at 1:51 AM General Health News
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"To our knowledge, the only other example of a specialized sound-producing organ in mammals that is independent of the larynx are the phonic lips that toothed whales use to generate echolocation clicks," Charlton says.
 Unique Organ Is Behind Koalas' Low-pitched Voice
Unique Organ Is Behind Koalas' Low-pitched Voice

The combination of morphological, video, and acoustic data in the new study represents the first evidence in a terrestrial mammal of an organ other than the larynx that is dedicated to sound production. Charlton says that he and his colleagues will now look more closely at other mammals to find out whether this vocal adaptation is truly unique to koalas.

Source: Eurekalert

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