Evolution of the Central Auditory System in Reptiles and Birds

  • Catherine E. Carr


Birds and reptiles are considered together in a single chapter because of their close phylogenetic relationship (Fig. 25.1). Despite differences in their auditory periphery, the central auditory pathways in the birds and reptiles are very similar. Furthermore, the different reptile groups (turtles, lizards, and crocodilians) make suitable outgroups for evolutionary comparisons with each other and with birds, enabling us to identify both ancestral and derived features of the auditory system.


Hair Cell Inferior Colliculus Zebra Finch Cochlear Nucleus Interaural Time Difference 
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