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STATO-ACOUSTIC ORGAN and cochlea
I am reading on: SENSORY ORGANS: STATO-ACOUSTIC ORGAN
Is the term "lateral organ' an oversimplification of a
multi-dimensional process for the transduction of vibration /
pressure waves / positional information?
The article notes:
Like semicircular canals, otolith chambers are
lined with squamous epithelium and filled with
endolymph. Maculae are flattened on the ventral
surface of the chambers above which (and in
contact with the sensory cell hairs) are
suspended the otoliths.
This sounds like a version of the cochlea, and I read that the
cochlea and the canals share the same endolymph, all being part of
the labyrinth. And for some evolutionary reason, the endolymph has
potassium as the depolarizing agent of the hair cells, possibly
because of the increased electrical gradient provided?
Could someone point me to an article that would answer my question;
Is the cochlea the evolutionary end of the lateral organ?