|Head and neck of a human embryo eighteen weeks old, with Meckel’s cartilage and hyoid bar exposed.|
|Mandible of human embryo 95 mm. long. Inner aspect. Nuclei of cartilage stippled.|
|Gray's||subject #13 66|
|Precursor||first branchial arch|
|Gives rise to||incus, malleus|
The dorsal end of each cartilage is connected with the ear-capsule and is ossified to form the malleus; the ventral ends meet each other in the region of the symphysis menti, and are usually regarded as undergoing ossification to form that portion of the mandible which contains the incisor teeth.
The intervening part of the cartilage disappears; the portion immediately adjacent to the malleus is replaced by fibrous membrane, which constitutes the sphenomandibular ligament, while from the connective tissue covering the remainder of the cartilage the greater part of the mandible is ossified.
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