Hair Cells and the Origin of the Hearing Inner Ear

  • Geoffrey A. Manley
Part of the Zoophysiology book series (ZOOPHYSIOLOGY, volume 26)


In this chapter, I will introduce hair-cell structural features and stimulus responses by focussing on hair cells of the lateral line and vestibular systems. All or most of these properties undoubtedly have their origin very early in the evolution of the vertebrates. Comparative paleontological, morphological and ontogenic studies all point to part of the lateral line system as the origin of the inner ear.


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Geoffrey A. Manley
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  1. 1.Institut für ZoologieTechnischen Universität MünchenGarchingDeutschland

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