The Development of the Chondrocranium of Melopsittacus undulatus

  • Johannes M. de Kock

Part of the Advances in Anatomy, Embryology and Cell Biology book series (ADVSANAT, volume 104)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VI
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  5. Johannes M. de Kock
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 65-72

About this book


The study of the avian chondrocranium began in 1866 with W.K. Parker's "On the structure and development of the skull in the ostrich tribe". With this and other excellent papers, W.K. Parker (1866, 1869, 1875, 1876) laid the foundation for the study of the bird's skull. W.K. Parker's work was continued by T.J. Parker (1888, 1891), who investigated the skull of Apteryx. Apart from the studies of the Parkers, the most important contribution to the study of the development of the bird's skull published before 1900 is Suschkin's (1899) excellent and detailed account of Tinnunculus. At the beginning of the twentieth century, Sonies (1907) made a further contribution with his study on the development of the chondrocrania of Anas and Gallus. The first major work to appear after that of Sonies was De Beer and Barr­ ington's (1934) study on the segmentation and chondrification of the skull of Anas. This was an important contribution, because they not only standardized the nomenclature but also compared the avian chondrocranium with that of reptiles and mammals and discussed morphological problems on the basis of these comparisons.


development morphology skeleton

Authors and affiliations

  • Johannes M. de Kock
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  1. 1.Department of ZoologyUniversity of StellenboschStellenboschRepublic of South Africa

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-17674-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-72578-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0301-5556
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-7065
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