Recent Examples on the WebUsing a bony growth called an otolith that exists in the head of most fish, Brown and others counted growth rings, estimating older fish sometimes reached the age of 14.
Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 1 May 2021 For years, scientists have used an inner ear bone called an otolith to estimate the lifespan of fish.
Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 6 Apr. 2020 The oxygen molecules in the fish ear bones, or otoliths, carry a record of life history.
Yereth Rosen, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Aug. 2017 Scientists use the growth structure of otoliths to estimate a fish's age.
Alaa Elassar, CNN, 12 Jan. 2020 The researchers then used a microscope to count the growth rings on each slice of otolith.
Sean Landsman, National Geographic, 2 Aug. 2019 Changes to otolith size could affect fish hearing and orientation, researchers say.
Elizabeth Preston, Science | AAAS, 20 June 2019 Under extreme high carbon dioxide conditions, the ocean acidifies, affecting, among other things, the development of a fish’s otoliths, or ear bones.
Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, 10 Dec. 2018 In those individuals, Balaban says, further tests implicated damage to the ear's otolith organs, the utricle and the saccule, key to sensing gravity.
Richard Stone, Science | AAAS, 20 June 2018 See More
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Medical Definition of otolith
: a calcareous concretion in the inner ear of a vertebrate or in the otocyst of an invertebrate that is especially conspicuous in many bony fishes where it forms a hard body and in most of the higher vertebrates where it is represented by a mass of small calcareous otoconia