Evolution of the Vertebrate Auditory System

  • Geoffrey A. Manley
  • Richard R. Fay
  • Arthur N. Popper

Part of the Springer Handbook of Auditory Research book series (SHAR, volume 22)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Geoffrey A. Manley, Jennifer A. Clack
    Pages 1-26
  3. Edwin R. Lewis, Richard R. Fay
    Pages 27-54
  4. Allison Coffin, Matthew Kelley, Geoffrey A. Manley, Arthur N. Popper
    Pages 55-94
  5. Friedrich Ladich, Arthur N. Popper
    Pages 95-127
  6. Michael Smotherman, Peter Narins
    Pages 164-199
  7. Geoffrey A. Manley
    Pages 200-223
  8. Otto Gleich, Franz Peter Fischer, Christine Köppl, Geoffrey A. Manley
    Pages 224-255
  9. Marianne Vater, Jin Meng, Richard C. Fox
    Pages 256-288
  10. Benedikt Grothe, Catherine E. Carr, John H. Casseday, Bernd Fritzsch, Christine Köppl
    Pages 289-359
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 369-416

About this book


The function of vertebrate hearing is served by a surprising variety of sensory structures in the different groups of fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. This book discusses the origin, specialization, and functional properties of sensory hair cells, beginning with environmental constraints on acoustic systems and addressing in detail the evolutionary history behind modern structure and function in the vertebrate ear. Taking a comparative approach, chapters are devoted to each of the vertebrate groups, outlining the transition to land existence and the further parallel and independent adaptations of amniotic groups living in air. The volume explores in depth the specific properties of hair cells that allowed them to become sensitive to sound and capable of analyzing sounds into their respective frequency components. Evolution of the Vertebrate Auditory System is directed to a broad audience of biologists and clinicians, from the level of advanced undergraduate students to professionals interested in learning more about the evolution, structure, and function of the ear.


Auditory Evolution Fay Manley Popper SHAR Vertebrate Adaptation Amphibia amphibians evolution reptiles the origin

Editors and affiliations

  • Geoffrey A. Manley
    • 1
  • Richard R. Fay
    • 2
  • Arthur N. Popper
    • 3
  1. 1.Lehrstuhl für ZoologieTechnische Universitaet MuenchenGarchingGermany
  2. 2.Department of Psychology and Parmly Hearing InstituteLoyola University of ChicagoChicagoUSA
  3. 3.Department of BiologyUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York, LLC 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-21093-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-8957-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0947-2657
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