Evolution of the Vertebrate Auditory System (Google eBook)

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Geoffrey A. Manley, Arthur N. Popper, Richard R. Fay
Springer Science & Business Media, Oct 21, 2004 - Business & Economics - 415 pages
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The function of vertebrate hearing is served by a surprising variety of sensory structures in the different groups of fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. This book discusses the origin, specialization, and functional properties of sensory hair cells, beginning with environmental constraints on acoustic systems and addressing in detail the evolutionary history behind modern structure and function in the vertebrate ear. Taking a comparative approach, chapters are devoted to each of the vertebrate groups, outlining the transition to land existence and the further parallel and independent adaptations of amniotic groups living in air. The volume explores in depth the specific properties of hair cells that allowed them to become sensitive to sound and capable of analyzing sounds into their respective frequency components. Evolution of the Vertebrate Auditory System is directed to a broad audience of biologists and clinicians, from the level of advanced undergraduate students to professionals interested in learning more about the evolution, structure, and function of the ear.

  

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Contents

An Outline of the Evolution of Vertebrate Hearing Organs
1
Environmental Variables and the Fundamental Nature of Hearing
27
Evolution of Sensory Hair Cells
55
Parallel Evolution in Fish Hearing Organs
95
The Evolution of Single and Multiple Ossicle Ears in Fishes and Tetrapods
128
Evolution of the Amphibian Ear
164
The Lizard Basilar Papilla and Its Evolution
200
Hearing Organ Evolution and Specialization Archosaurs
224
Hearing Organ Evolution and Specialization Early and Later Mammals
256
The Evolution of Central Pathways and Their Neural Processing Patterns
289
Advances and Perspectives in the Study of the Evolution of the Vertebrate Auditory System
360
Useful Concepts from Circuit Theory
369
Index
401
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Manley is Professor and Head of Zoology at the Technische Universitat Munchen, Munich, Germany.

Arthur N. Popper is Professor in the Department of Biology and Co-Director of the Center for Comparative and Evolutionary Biology of Hearing at the University of Maryland, College Park. Richard R. Fay is Director of the Parmly Hearing Institute and Professor of Psychology at Loyola University of Chicago.

Fay is Director of the Parmly Hearing Institute and Professor of Psychology at Loyola University of Chicago.