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Anatomy and Embryology

, Volume 165, Issue 3, pp 415–423 | Cite as

A contribution to the study of the afferents to the pigeon optic tectum

  • P. Mestres
  • J. D. Delius
Article

Summary

The origins of several afferent pathways to the pigeon's tectum were studied using the horseradish peroxidase tracing technique. The results confirm the presence of several previously described afferents, and add further data on intertectal and hyperstriatofugal projections. Two new sources of afferents to the tectum, located in the hypothalamus and the septum, were identified. The latter is described in greater detail.

Key words

Optic tectum Septum Wulst Brain stem HRP method Avian brain 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Mestres
    • 1
  • J. D. Delius
    • 2
  1. 1.Lehrstul für Anatomie IRuhr-UniversitätBochumBundesrepublik Deutschland
  2. 2.Arbeisgruppe Experimentelle TierpsychologieRuhr-UniversitätBochumBundesrepublik Deutschland

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