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Human Middle Ear Bones Could Provide New Evolutionary Insight
2013-05-14 09:54:31

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The bones located in the middle of a person´s ear might be the smallest in the entire human body, but they could hold big clues regarding evolution and the development of modern-day men and women, according to research published in the latest edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS). Texas A&M University (TAMU) anthropology professor Darryl de Ruiter and colleagues examined a hominin skull from...

2013-03-22 09:29:40

Researchers at King's College London have uncovered how the human ear is formed, giving clues as to why children are susceptible to infections such as glue ear. The work was funded by the UK Medical Research Council and published today in the journal Science. It is estimated that one in five children around the age of two will be affected by glue ear, a build-up of fluid in the middle ear chamber. This part of the ear contains three tiny bones that carry sound vibrations from the eardrum...

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2011-04-14 09:12:02

Fossil from China suggests mammalian ear of monotremes evolved separately from that of marsupials and placentals Paleontologists from the American Museum of Natural History and the Chinese Academy of Sciences announce the discovery of Liaoconodon hui, a complete fossil mammal from the Mesozoic found in China that includes the long-sought transitional middle ear. The specimen shows the bones associated with hearing in mammals"” the malleus, incus, and ectotympanic"” decoupled from...


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abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.