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Mechanosensation in the duck bill

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

A study reports the molecular basis of mechanosensory specialization in the duck bill, highlighting adaptations related to tactile foraging in ducks; the authors found that the embryonic duck bill contains a high density of rapidly adapting mechanoreceptors, and electrophysiological analyses indicated that duck neurons exhibited greater mechanosensitivity than those of chickens, which are visual, rather than touch-dependent, foragers.


Article #17-08793: "Molecular basis of tactile specialization in the duck bill," by Eve Schneider et al.

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