Ontogeny of the Tympanic Floor and Roof in Archontans

  • John R. Wible
  • James R. Martin
Part of the Advances in Primatology book series (AIPR)


To say that the middle ear and surrounding basicranium have played a critical role in current views of mammalian phylogeny is not an overstatement. Nearly every recent morphological treatment of phylogenetic relationships, be it higher or lower level, has included some characters from this complex region. The basicranium is certainly not a taxonomic touchstone, but it has been a helpful guide for elucidating affinities in many instances.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John R. Wible
    • 1
  • James R. Martin
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology, School of MedicineUniversity of LouisvilleLouisvilleUSA

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