Anatomy and Embryology

, Volume 147, Issue 2, pp 167–175

A cytoarchitectonic volumetric comparison of the area gigantopyramidalis in wild and domestic sheep

  • Peter Ebinger

DOI: 10.1007/BF00306731

Cite this article as:
Ebinger, P. Anat Embryol (1975) 147: 167. doi:10.1007/BF00306731


The area gigantopyramidalis has been circumscribed on frontal serial sections of brains of mouflons (Ovis ammon musimon) and domestic sheep (Ovis ammon f. aries). A brief description of the topography and lamination of the area 4 is given.

By means of intraspecific-allometric methods this area has shown a decrease in volume by 29.9% in domestic sheep compared with wild sheep.

In view of the close relationship between size and function of a structure the reduction rates of the area gigantopyramidalis, the cerebellum and the basal ganglia are discussed as due to the special environmental changes caused by domestication.

Key words

SheepBrainMotor cortexDomestication

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© Springer-Verlag 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Ebinger
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  1. 1.Institut für Zoologie der Tierärztlichen Hochschule HannoverHannoverGermany