Golgi Study of the Isocortex in an Insectivore: the Common European Mole (Talpa europaea)Ferrer I.
Unidad de Neuropatología, Departamento de Anatomía Patológica, Hospital Principes de España, Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain
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In the common European mole (Talpa europaea) the isocortex is a six-layered structure representing about 50% of the total cerebral cortex. The internal granular layer is narrow in the occipital region, however, probably reflecting a poorly developed visual system in an animal adapted to life in a subterranean environment. Golgi impregnation of projection cells and most local-circuit neurons of layers III-VI suggests a relatively well-developed isocortex in this insectivore. The presence of extraverted neurons in the so-called accentuated layer II and the amount of local-circuit neurons with very long beaded dendrites, however, probably represents primitive characteristics of the isocortex in mammals.
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