Birds and reptiles have long fascinated investigators studying hearing and the auditory system. The highly evolved auditory inner ear of birds and reptiles shares many characteristics with the ear of mammals. Thus, the two groups are essential in understanding the form and function of the vertebrate and mammalian auditory systems. Comparative Hearing: Birds and Reptiles covers the broad range of our knowledge of hearing and acoustic communication in both groups of vertebrates. This volume addresses the many similarities in their auditory systems, as well as the known significant differences about hearing in the two groups.
1 Introduction.- 2 The Middle Ear of Reptiles and Birds.- 3 The Hearing Organ of Birds and Crocodilia.- 4 The Hearing Organs of Lizards.- 5 The Central Auditory System of Reptiles and Birds.- 6 Sound Localization in Birds.- 7 Hearing in Birds and Reptiles.