Evolution of the Vertebrate Ear

Evidence from the Fossil Record

  • Jennifer A. Clack
  • Richard R Fay
  • Arthur N. Popper

Part of the Springer Handbook of Auditory Research book series (SHAR, volume 59)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Jennifer A. Clack, Per Erik Ahlberg
    Pages 51-70
  3. Jennifer A. Clack, Jason S. Anderson
    Pages 71-105
  4. Zhe-Xi Luo, Julia A. Schultz, Eric G. Ekdale
    Pages 139-174
  5. Eric G. Ekdale
    Pages 175-206
  6. Gabriela Sobral, Robert Reisz, James M. Neenan, Johannes Müller, Torsten M. Scheyer
    Pages 207-243
  7. Susan E. Evans
    Pages 245-284
  8. Gabriela Sobral, Johannes Müller
    Pages 285-326
  9. Rainer R. Schoch, Jason S. Anderson
    Pages 327-355

About this book


​The evolution of vertebrate hearing is of considerable interest in the hearing community.  However, there has never been a volume that has focused on the paleontological evidence for the evolution of hearing and the ear, especially from the perspective of some of the leading paleontologists and evolutionary biologists in the world.  Thus, this volume is totally unique, and takes a perspective that has never been taken before. It brings to the fore some of the most recent discoveries among fossil taxa, which have demonstrated the sort of detailed information that can be derived from the fossil record, illuminating the evolutionary pathways this sensory system has taken and the diversity it had achieved.


Actinopterygians Basal tetrapods Lepidosauromorphs Mammalia middle ear structure otic region

Editors and affiliations

  • Jennifer A. Clack
    • 1
  • Richard R Fay
    • 2
  • Arthur N. Popper
    • 3
  1. 1.University Museum of ZoologyUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Marine Biological Laboratory Woods HoleUSA
  3. 3.Department of BiologyUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

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