Brain organization and evolution in subterranean mole rats

P. Pirlot, E. Nevo

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Relative brain component sizes have been analyzed in subterranean mole rats of the Spalax ehren‐bergi superspecies in Israel. Our results indicate that brain size and brain component sizes may have evolved in association with specific stresses underground involving the distinct development of vocalzation, olfaction and tactile sensory communication systems all compensating for the loss of vision.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-64
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1989


  • Brain adaptation
  • Brain component sizes
  • Encephalization
  • Spalax ehrenbergi
  • Subterranean niche

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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