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The evolution of vertebrate hearing is of considerable interest in the hearing community. However, there has never been a volume that has focused on the palaeontological evidence for the evolution of hearing and the ear, especially from the perspective of some of the leading palaeontologists and evolutionary biologists in the world. Evolution of the Vertebrate Ear brings to the fore some of the most recent discoveries among fossil taxa, which have demonstrated the sort of detailed information that can be derived from the fossil record, illuminating the evolutionary pathways this sensory system has taken and the diversity it had achieved.
- Vertebrate Diversity in a Sensory System: The Fossil Record of Otic Evolution
- Actinopterygians: The Ray-Finned Fishes-an Explosion of Diversity
- Sarcopterygians: From Lobe-Finned Fishes to the Tetrapod Stem Group
- Early Tetrapods: Experimenting with Form and Function
- Nonmammalian Synapsids: The Beginning of the Mammal Line
- Evolution of the Middle and Inner Ears of Mammaliaforms: The Approach to Mammals
- Evolution of the Ear of Mammals: From Monotremes to Humans
- Basal Reptilians, Marine Diapsids, and Turtles: The Flowering of Reptile Diversity
- The Lepidosaurian Ear: Variations on a Theme
- Archosaurs and their Kin: The Ruling Reptiles
- Amphibia: A Case of Diversity and Convergence in the Auditory Region
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