Atlas of the Developing Rat Nervous System

2nd Edition

Authors: George Paxinos Ken Ashwell Istvan Tork
Paperback ISBN: 9780125476102
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 14th October 1994
Page Count: 438


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In response to the explosion of research in developmental neurobiology, this new edition of the Atlas of the Developing Rat Brain has been expanded to include all of the plates and diagrams of the previous book, PLUS an additional 95 plates and 95 diagrams delineating the entire rat nervous system. Atlas of the Developing Rat Nervous System features large, high-magnification photographs of serial brain sections of the embryonic and neonatal laboratory rat, with opposing fully labeled diagrams. Complementing the classic atlas by Paxinos and Watson, The Rat Brain in Stereotaxic Coordinates, Second Edition (Academic Press, 1986), this new atlas is the standard reference for developmental neuroscientists.

Key Features

@introbul:Key Features @bul:* Provides section-by-section photographs and accompanying labeled diagrams of the embryonic and neonatal rat brain

  • Shows brain development at Embryonic Days 14 (Whole embryo), 16, 17, and 19, as well as Postnatal Day 0
  • Delineates nerves, ganglia, arteries, veins, bones, and foramina of the head on Embryonic Days 14 and 19
  • Depicts 912 brain structures or their primordial counterparts
  • Large size in an easy-to-use, spiral-bound format
  • Includes a full list of abbreviations, index of structures, and references
  • 224 photographs alongside meticulously drawn diagrams depict the central and peripheral nervous system and other body organs
  • Depicts ages E14, E16, and E19 in the customary coronal and sagittal planes and E17 and P0 in the coronal plane


Researchers and advanced students in neuroscience, physiology, anatomy/histology, and developmental biology

Table of Contents

Introduction. Dating Embryos and Other Nomenclature Questions. Timed Pregnancies. Names of Structures. The Bases of Delineation of Structures. Photography. Drawings. Histology: Embryonic Day 14 Coronal (E14 Cor). Embryonic Day 14 Sagittal (E14 Sag). Embryonic Day 16 Coronal (E16 Cor). Embryonic Day 16 Sagittal (E16 Sag). Embryonic Day 17 Coronal (E17 Cor). Embryonic Day 19 Coronal (E19 Cor). Embryonic Day 19 Sagittal (E19 Sag). Postnatal Day 0 (P0). References. List of Structures. Index of Abbreviations. Figures.


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About the Author

George Paxinos

Professor George Paxinos, AO (BA, MA, PhD, DSc) completed his BA at The University of California at Berkeley, his PhD at McGill University, and spent a postdoctoral year at Yale University. He is the author of almost 50 books on the structure of the brain of humans and experimental animals, including The Rat Brain in Stereotaxic Coordinates, now in its 7th Edition, which is ranked by Thomson ISI as one of the 50 most cited items in the Web of Science. Dr. Paxinos paved the way for future neuroscience research by being the first to produce a three-dimensional (stereotaxic) framework for placement of electrodes and injections in the brain of experimental animals, which is now used as an international standard. He was a member of the first International Consortium for Brain Mapping, a UCLA based consortium that received the top ranking and was funded by the NIMH led Human Brain Project. Dr. Paxinos has been honored with more than nine distinguished awards throughout his years of research, including: The Warner Brown Memorial Prize (University of California at Berkeley, 1968), The Walter Burfitt Prize (1992), The Award for Excellence in Publishing in Medical Science (Assoc Amer Publishers, 1999), The Ramaciotti Medal for Excellence in Biomedical Research (2001), The Alexander von Humbolt Foundation Prize (Germany 2004), and more.

Affiliations and Expertise

Neuroscience Research Australia and The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Ken Ashwell

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Medical Sciences, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Istvan Tork

Affiliations and Expertise

Formerly of University of New South Wales


@qu:"The atlas in indeed comprehensive, comprising eight series of photomicrographs and drawings from Nissi stained sections... The atlas can be recommended to those interested in studying the structural or neurochemical development of the normal rat brain and is useful for those interested in prenatal neurophathology following intrauterine exposure to toxins or other harmful agents. It can also be recommended to neuroscientists interested in explant of brain slice cultures (or co-cultures), and to scientists involved in fetal neural trans-plantation... The authors and publishers are to be commended for the thoroughness with which the atlas has been prepared." @source:--Alan Harvey, UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA