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University of Maryland

Alligator Earflap Opening

Caption: This is an alligator that participated in a University of Maryland study that found that the alligator's ear is strongly directional because of large, air-filled channels connecting the two middle ears. This photo shows the earflap opening behind the alligator's eye.

Credit: Hilary Bierman

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