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Fig. 2. Section through the region of the otic vesicle in a human embryo 9 mm long

(Carnegie Collection No. 721) enlarged 66.6 diameters. The primordial of the otic capsule, consisting of condensed mesenchyme, can be seen enclosing the vesicle on its lateral surface.

A definite layer of such nuclei is not found until the embryo reaches a length of about 9 mm.; it is then possible to recognize a fairly Well outlined zone of mesenchyme which represents the otic capsule in its first stage of development. In figure 2 is shown a sketch indicating the relations which exist at that time. It represents a transverse section through the otic vesicle at the level of the attachment of the endolymphatic appendage. The zone of condensed mesenchyme forming the primordium of the otic capsule abuts directly against the lateral wall of the vesicle and extends from there to a point about one-half the distance between the vesicle and the ectoderm. On the median side of the vesicle this zone is lacking, although there is a considerable number of mesenchyme.cel1s clustered around the vascular plexus ensheathing the central nervous system, and among the nerve rootlets of the acoustic complex. When this zone is analyzed under higher magnification it is found that it still consists essentially of a mesenchymal syncytium.

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Streeter GL. The factors involved in the excavation of the cavities in the cartilaginous capsule of the ear in the human embryo. (1917) Amer. J Anat. 22: 1–25.

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