Perspectives of Comparative Anatomy of the Mammalian Pineal Gland

  • Lutz Vollrath
Part of the NATO Advanced Science Institutes Series book series (NSSA, volume 65)

Abstract

As the precise role of the pineal gland has been established in a few mammalian species only, every effort should be made to elucidate the function of this potentially important neuroendocrine organ in as many species as possible. One way in which the morphologist can contribute to reach this goal is to carry out comparative studies. Comparative anatomical studies with respect to the pineal gland can be, and should be, carried out at different structural levels: (a) At the gross anatomical level; (b) at the tissue level; (c) at the cellular level, and (d) at the level of cell organelles.

Keywords

Pineal Gland Comparative Anatomy Pineal Organ Central Innervation Topographical Relationship 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lutz Vollrath
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  1. 1.Department of AnatomyJohannes Gutenberg-UniversityMainzFederal Republic of Germany

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