The Development of the Auditory Ossicles in the Elephant Shrew, the Tenrec and the Golden Mole


  • G. H. Findlay

    1. Department of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
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    • *Communicated by Dr. R. Broom, F.R.S., C.M.Z.S.


  • 1The development of the middle ear is described in Eremitalpa, Elephantulus and Ericulus. The structure in Eremitalpa is fundamentally more primitive and quite distinct from that seen in Ericulus.
  • 2The interossicular joints are in some cases clearly incapable of movement.
  • 3Evidence is brought forward for the view that the manubrium mallei and the element of Spence represent the insertion and horizontal portions respectively of the reptilian extrastapes,