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The Pulmonary Anatomy of Alligator mississippiensis and Its Similarity to the Avian Respiratory System.
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PMID:  22344783     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Using gross dissections and computed tomography we studied the lungs of juvenile American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis). Our findings indicate that both the external and internal morphology of the lungs is strikingly similar to the embryonic avian respiratory system (lungs + air sacs). We identified bronchi that we propose are homologous to the avian ventrobronchi (entobronchi), laterobronchi, dorsobronchi (ectobronchi), as well as regions of the lung hypothesized to be homologous to the cervical, interclavicular, anterior thoracic, posterior thoracic, and abdominal air sacs. Furthermore, we suggest that many of the features that alligators and birds share are homologous and that some of these features are important to the aerodynamic valve mechanism and are likely plesiomorphic for Archosauria. Anat Rec, 2012. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals Inc.
R Kent Sanders; C G Farmer
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-2-17
Journal Detail:
Title:  Anatomical record (Hoboken, N.J. : 2007)     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1932-8494     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Feb 
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Created Date:  2012-2-20     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101292775     Medline TA:  Anat Rec (Hoboken)     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Department of Radiology, Musculoskeletal Division, University of Utah Health Sciences Center, Salt Lake City, Utah.
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