The sequence of events in the development of the brain in human embryos, already published for stages 8-17, is here continued for stages 18 and 19. with the aid of a computerized bubble-sort algorithm, 58 individual embryos were ranked in ascending order of the features present. the increasing structural complexity provided 40 new features in these two stages. the chief characteristics of stage 18 (approximately 44 postovulatory days) are rapidly growing basal nuclei; appearance of the extraventricular bulge of the cerebellum (flocculus), of the superior cerebellar peduncle, and of follicles in the epiphysis cerebri; and the presence of vomeronasal organ and ganglion, of the bucconasal membrane, and of isolated semicircular ducts. The main features of stage 19 (approximately 48 days) are the cochlear nuclei, the ganglion of the nervus terminalis, nuclei of the prosencephalic septum, the appearance of the subcommissural organ, the presence of villi in the choroid plexuses of the fourth and lateral ventricles, and the stria medullaris thalami.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||23|
|Journal||American Journal of Anatomy|
|State||Published - 1988|
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