Echo detection and target-ranging neurons in the auditory system of the bat Eptesicus fuscus

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Science  10 Nov 1978:
Vol. 202, Issue 4368, pp. 645-648
DOI: 10.1126/science.705350


Some of the neurons in the nucleus intercollicularis and auditory cortex of the echolocating bat Eptesicus fuscus respond selectively to sonar echoes occurring with specific echo delays or pulse-echo intervals. They do not respond for a wide range of other types of sounds or for sonar echoes at longer or shorter pulse-echo intervals; they may, therefore, be specialized for detection and ranging of sonar targets.