Moose Antlers Help With Hearing

Moose are well known for their impressive antlers. But what exactly is the purpose of these huge headpieces? A study in the European Journal of Wildlife Research determined that moose antlers (which can measure up to 6 ft (1.8 m) across) boost the moose's hearing by around 19%. The researchers used a moose skull, antlers, and an artificial ear with a microphone inside to test how the antlers affected incoming sounds. They recorded the highest volume of sounds when the ear was facing sideways, directed at the bowl of the antlers.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. A bull moose's antlers can grow at a rate of up to one inch per day. 00:18

  2. A moose's antlers attract mates, fight rivals, and channel sound toward the ears. 00:28

  3. Moose can keep up to 112 pounds (50.8 kg) of plant food in their stomach at one time. 00:58

Written by Curiosity Staff August 11, 2015