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Morphology of the Auditory and Vestibular Organs in Mammals, with Emphasis on Marine Species

Series: Russian Academic Monographs Volume: 4

By: Galina N Solntseva

244 pages, Figs, tabs

Pensoft Publishers

Hardback | May 2007 | #163129 | ISBN-13: 9789546422804
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NHBS Price: £124.00 $158/€148 approx

About this book

Language: English

This monograph describes the directions of the structural evolution of the peripheral part of the auditory system in representatives of different ecological groups of mammals. Special attention is paid to the least studied orders of marine mammals (pinnipeds, cetaceans), being of great interest both with regards to the echolocating abilities in dolphins and the influence of the aquatic environment on the development of morphological adaptations in the structure of the outer, middle and inner ears.

Undertaken for the first time, a comparative embryological study of the peripheral part of the auditory system in marine mammals allowed the author to reveal the developmental pattern of the auditory and equilibrium organs in animals with a different auditory specialization. The influence of ecological factors on the adaptive trait development in the structural organization of the outer, middle and inner ears in semi-aquatic and aquatic species is discussed. The book is illustrated with a large number of high-quality micro-photos.


Contents

Preface Part I. Peripheral part of the auditory system of mammals in postnatal ontogeny Chapter 1. Structure of the outer ear of some mammals Chapter 2. Structure of the middle ear of mammals Chapter 3. Structure of the mammals' inner ear Chapter 4. Adaptive peculiarities of the mammalian peripheral part of the auditory system Chapter 5. Innervation of the Corti's organ Part II. Peripheral part of the auditory system of mammals in prenatal ontogeny Chapter 1. Development of the auditory organ in terrestrial, semi-aquatic and aquatic mammals Chapter 2. Development of the vestibular apparatus in terrestrial, semi-aquatic and aquatic mammals Conclusions Bibiography

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