The anterior process of the malleus in Cetartiodactyla.

  title={The anterior process of the malleus in Cetartiodactyla.},
  author={Wolfgang Maier and Irina Ruf},
  journal={Journal of anatomy},
  volume={228 2},
The anterior fixation of the anterior process of the malleus has been studied in a number of Cetartiodactyla. This anterior process, also known as processus gracilis, is provided by the prearticular (gonial), a dermal bone, whereas the cartilage of Meckel becomes resorbed in perinatal ontogenetic stages. Posteriorly, the prearticular fuses with the cartilaginous caput of the malleus; rostrally, the prearticular (= processus gracilis) is always fixed to the anterior crus of the ectotympanic by… CONTINUE READING


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