Testing the hearing of elasmobranch fish
Sharks, skates and sawfish are all cartilaginous fish among the more than 1 000 species in the elasmobranch subclass. And like most fish, they possess highly developed sense organs. The EU-funded FISHEARS project will focus on their hearing: through novel bioimaging and computational tools, the project will investigate the elasmobranch fish ears. High-resolution 3D models of the inner ears will be developed using diffusible iodine-based contrast-enhanced computed tomography (diceCT). To understand the biomechanics of the fish ear’s structure, the project will create a digital replica. FISHEARS will also develop a statistical framework to incorporate factors that may shape the hearing system. The project will apply a machine learning algorithm to infer patterns and relationships between factors.
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