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Early Development of the Shoulder Girdle and Sternum in Marsupials (Mammalia: Metatheria)

Volume 109 of the series Advances in Anatomy Embryology and Cell Biology pp 1-2

Introduction and Review of the Literature

  • Milan KlimaAffiliated withAnatomisches Institut, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität

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Abstract

This book is related closely to an earlier work on the morphogenesis of the shoulder girdle and sternum in the egg-laying mammals (Monotremata) which was also published in Advances in Anatomy, Embryology and Cell Biology (Klima 1973). Some of the problems that have been discussed within this topic remain relevant to this day. This research on pouch mammals (Marsupialia) will emphasize two aspects especially. First, a comparison with the respective results in other mammals will be made, and the resulting phylogenetic problems clarified. Secondly, the hitherto barely recognized functional relations will be discussed.