Phylogenetic Analysis of Middle Ear Features in Fossil and Living Rodents

  • René Lavocat
  • Jean-Pierre Parent
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Part of the NATO Advanced Science Institutes (ASI) Series book series (NSSA, volume 92)


The anatomy of the middle ear of mammals is certainly well known and has recently been redescribed by Parent (1980). Nevertheless, it seems advisable to recall the main features of this anatomy, which can be used to evaluate the probable affinities of the various groups of rodents.


Internal Carotid Artery External Auditory Meatus Primitive Character Tympanic Cavity Facial Canal 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • René Lavocat
    • 1
  • Jean-Pierre Parent
    • 2
  1. 1.Ecole Pratique des Hautes EtudesUSTLMontpellierFrance
  2. 2.Institut Supérieur d’AgricultureLilleFrance

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