© 1989

The Neural Basis of Echolocation in Bats


Part of the Zoophysiology book series (ZOOPHYSIOLOGY, volume 25)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. George D. Pollak, John H. Casseday
    Pages 3-23
  3. George D. Pollak, John H. Casseday
    Pages 25-39
  4. George D. Pollak, John H. Casseday
    Pages 41-75
  5. George D. Pollak, John H. Casseday
    Pages 77-110
  6. George D. Pollak, John H. Casseday
    Pages 111-121
  7. George D. Pollak, John H. Casseday
    Pages 123-129
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 131-143

About this book


The brain of an echo locating bat is devoted, in large part, to analyzing sound and conducting behavior in a world of sounds and echoes. This monograph is about analysis of sound in the brainstem of echolocating bats and concerns the relationship between brain structure and brain function. Echolocating bats are unique subjects for the study of such relationships. Like man, echolocating bats emit sounds just for the purpose of listening to them. Simply by observing the bat's echolocation sounds, we know what the bat listens to in nature. We therefore have a good idea what the bat's auditory brain is designed to do. But this alone does not make the bat unique. The brain of the bat is, by mammalian standards, rather primitive. The unique aspect is the combination of primitive characteristics and complex auditory processing. Within this small brain the auditory structures are hypertrophied and have an elegance of organization not seen in other mammals. It is as if the auditory pathways had evolved while the rest of the brain remained evolutionary quiescent.


Mammalia brain brainstem evolution mammals

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ZoologyThe University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA
  2. 2.Departments of Surgery and NeurobiologyDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Neural Basis of Echolocation in Bats
  • Authors George D. Pollak
    John H. Casseday
  • Series Title Zoophysiology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-50520-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-83664-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-83662-6
  • Series ISSN 0720-1842
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 143
  • Number of Illustrations 12 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Neurosciences
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