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Scaling properties of the frontal sinus in the African great apes--a clue to the role of the human paranasal sinuses.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10997068     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The biology of scaling (allometry) can prove a useful tool in comparative anatomical studies. Amongst primates only the African Great Apes and Man possess a frontal sinus. The aim of this study was to identify the allometric properties of the frontal sinus in order to gain clues as to the role of the human paranasal sinuses. A measure of frontal sinus volume was calculated for fifty-seven Great Apes and then scaled against indicators of body size and nasal cavity volume. The results suggest that there are racial variations in frontal sinus size in the African Great Ape populations. This phenomenon mirrors the human condition. The scaling relationships identified in the study lend support to the hypothesis that the frontal sinus has a "structural" rather than a "functional" role.
S P Blaney
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Revue de laryngologie - otologie - rhinologie     Volume:  121     ISSN:  0035-1334     ISO Abbreviation:  Rev Laryngol Otol Rhinol (Bord)     Publication Date:  2000  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-10-18     Completed Date:  2000-10-18     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0414144     Medline TA:  Rev Laryngol Otol Rhinol (Bord)     Country:  FRANCE    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  99-102     Citation Subset:  IM    
Royal Sussex County Hospital, Department of Otolaryngology, Brighton, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Frontal Sinus / anatomy & histology*

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