Animal Sonar pp 671-681 | Cite as

On the Evolution of Acoustic Communication Systems in Vertebrates

Part II: Cognitive Aspects
  • Evan C. EvansIII
  • Kenneth S. Norris
Part of the NATO ASI Science book series (NSSA, volume 156)


This second paper concentrates on the cognitive aspects of acoustic communication systems. It contrasts sharply with the history of acoustic sensory and communication systems just outlined in that cognitive processing seems generally designed to avoid information overload. Also, because most cognitive analysis depends on behavioral observations of living animals, a history of development is difficult to outline.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Evan C. EvansIII
    • 1
  • Kenneth S. Norris
    • 2
  1. 1.Naval Ocean Systems CenterKaneoheUSA
  2. 2.Joseph M. Long Marine LaboratoryUniversity of CaliforniaSanta CruzUSA

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