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. 2018 Jun;204(6):519-536.
doi: 10.1007/s00359-018-1263-3. Epub 2018 Apr 23.

Early Milestones in the Understanding of Echolocation in Bats


Early Milestones in the Understanding of Echolocation in Bats

Alan D Grinnell. J Comp Physiol A Neuroethol Sens Neural Behav Physiol. .


Almost 80 years ago, Griffin and Galambos discovered the phenomenon of echolocation in bats. Since then, the field has grown exponentially as new generations of investigators have joined the chase and technological advances have revolutionized working with ultrasound in the laboratory and in the field. Today our understanding of the diversity of behavioral and neural adaptations for echolocation constitutes one of the paramount triumphs of neuroethology. At the invitation of the editor in chief, I here review some of the important milestones in the discovery and early understanding of echolocation in bats through about the mid-1980s.

Keywords: Animal sonar; Bats; Echolocation; History; Orientation.

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