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Cheetahs' inner ear is one-of-a-kind, vital to high-speed hunting


February 2, 2018

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The world's fastest land animal, the cheetah, is a successful hunter not only because it is quick, but also because it can hold an incredibly still gaze while pursuing prey. For the first time, researchers have investigated the cheetah's extraordinary sensory abilities by analyzing the speedy animal's inner ear, an organ that is essential for maintaining body balance and adapting head posture during movement in most vertebrates.Full Story

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American Museum of Natural History

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