The Neurobiology of Australian Marsupials

The Neurobiology of Australian Marsupials

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Australian marsupials represent a parallel adaptive radiation to that seen among placental mammals. This great natural experiment has produced a striking array of mammals with structural and behavioural features echoing those seen among primates, rodents, carnivores, edentates and ungulates elsewhere in the world. Many of these adaptations involve profound evolutionary changes in the nervous system, and occurred in isolation from those unfolding among placental mammals. Ashwell provides the first comprehensive review of the scientific literature on the structure and function of the nervous system of Australian marsupials. The book also includes the first comprehensive delineated atlases of brain structure in a representative diprotodont marsupial (the tammar wallaby) and a representative polyprotodont marsupial (the stripe-faced dunnart). For those interested in brain development, the book also provides the first comprehensive delineated atlas of brain development in a diprotodont marsupial (the tammar wallaby) during the critical first 4 weeks of pouch life.... funiculus (dfu) with sporadic large fibres in the lateral funiculus (lfu) (black dots indicate the labelled lateral corticospinal tract a€“ lcs). In the laboratory rat, the corticospinal fibres are predominantly in the dcs with a few fibres in the ventral corticospinal tract ... Monkeys with good digital control have corticospinal tract fibres distributed to the lateral motor column. ... The diagrams for the cat and monkeys have been based on data in Nyberg-Hansen and Brodal (1963) and Bortoff and Strickanbsp;...

Title:The Neurobiology of Australian Marsupials
Author:Ken Ashwell
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2010-10-14


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