The evolution and function of the middle ear in man
AuthorClark, Graeme M.
Source TitleJournal of the Otolaryngological Society of Australia
University of Melbourne Author/sClark, Graeme
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsClark, G. M. (1969). The evolution and function of the middle ear in man. Journal of the Otolaryngological Society of Australia, March, 2(4), 21-27.
Access StatusOpen Access
This is a publisher’s version of an article published in the Journal of the Otolaryngological Society of Australia 1969. This version is reproduced with permission from the Otolaryngological Society of Australia.
In the animal kingdom there is a great variety of middle and inner ears. This suggests that these variations in structure are either due to the hearing requirements of the animal, or alternatively they are not essential to the problem of hearing. For example, why do we need three bones in the middle ear when a bird only has one? To answer these questions it is helpful to examine the evolution of the auditory system.
Keywordsmiddle ear in man
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