Transitional mammalian middle ear from a new Cretaceous Jehol eutriconodont

@article{Meng2011TransitionalMM,
  title={Transitional mammalian middle ear from a new Cretaceous Jehol eutriconodont},
  author={J. Meng and Y. Wang and Chuankui Li},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2011},
  volume={472},
  pages={181-185}
}
The transference of post-dentary jaw elements to the cranium of mammals as auditory ossicles is one of the central topics in evolutionary biology of vertebrates. Homologies of these bones among jawed vertebrates have long been demonstrated by developmental studies; but fossils illuminating this critical transference are sparse and often ambiguous. Here we report the first unambiguous ectotympanic (angular), malleus (articular and prearticular) and incus (quadrate) of an Early Cretaceous… Expand
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