In November, Dr Fernando Montealegre-Z headed a team that published in the prestigious international journal Science showing that a rainforest insect (a bush cricket) has ears that are remarkably similar to those of humans and other mammals. The ears are placed near the knee of its front legs, and have components that mimic the structures of the human middle and inner ear. These findings might inspire acoustic engineers in the design of microsensors for hearing aids and other industrial applications.

You can read an alternative article about this research on the Scientific American website: