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The Head-Neck Sensory Motor System$
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Alain Berthoz, Werner Graf, and P. P. Vidal

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780195068207

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195068207.001.0001

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Modeling of the Craniofacial Architecture during Ontogenesis and Phylogenesis

Modeling of the Craniofacial Architecture during Ontogenesis and Phylogenesis

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(p.36) Chapter 4 Modeling of the Craniofacial Architecture during Ontogenesis and Phylogenesis
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The Head-Neck Sensory Motor System
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Anne Dambricourt-Malassé

Marie-Josèphe Deshayes

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195068207.003.0004

Clinical, paleontologic, and ontogenetic data manifest that throughout the development of primates, morphogenesis is at all times closely related to the neurocranium and the face. Now, only in man can we find a hint to understanding the fundamental principle of cranial ontogenesis from the embryonic period to senescence. A comparative analysis of the data shows that a particular ontogenetic craniofacial diagnosis exists for each primate species. This mirrors a basic phenomenon known as craniofacial contraction, developed on the craniofacial biodynamics theory. This chapter discusses the biomechanical craniofacial relationships in living primates. Next, it will discuss the paleontologic applications and implications for comprehending the evolutionary process of hominoids.

Keywords:   primates, neurocranium, face, cranial ontogenesis, senescence, craniofacial contraction, hominoids

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