The Chick Brain in Stereotaxic Coordinates and Alternate Stains

The Chick Brain in Stereotaxic Coordinates and Alternate Stains

Featuring Neuromeric Divisions and Mammalian Homologies

2nd Edition - November 30, 2018

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  • Authors: Luis Puelles, Margaret Martinez-de-la-Torre, Salvador Martinez, Charles Watson, George Paxinos
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128160404
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128160411

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This atlas – and its accompanying text - is the most comprehensive work on avian neuroanatomy available so far. It identifies more than 900 hundred structures (versus ca. 250 in previous avian atlases), 180 of them for the first time. It correlates avian and mammalian neuroanatomy on the basis of homologies and applies mammalian terms to homologous avian structures. This is the first atlas that represents the fundamental histogenetic domains of the vertebrate neuroaxis on the basis of sound fate-mapping and gene expression data. This results in a substantial increase in accuracy of delineations. Developmental molecular biologists will find it easier to extrapolate early neural tube patterns into mature structures. The modern trend to shift avian neuroanatomical nomenclature toward mammalian terminology by reference to postulated homologies has been expanded to the entire brain, but is not yet complete. This creates a new standard for comparative cross-reference, which can also be applied to reptilian-mammalian comparisons.

Key Features

  • Color photographs and matching diagrams of 65 coronal, 23 sagittal and 9 horizontal 140 micron-thick sections reacted histochemically for acetylcholinesterase (AChE).
  • Thoroughly revised drawings. Updated view of the pallium, including the new concept of homology between the lateral pallium and the mammalian claustro-insular complex.
  • Extensive introductory text and bibliography, presenting the background information, methodology and justification of delineations.
  • For the first time in any species, this atlas depicts the fate-mapped natural embryonic boundaries in the postnatal brain. For the first time, we present color images of all the 6 histological stains (AChE, Nissl, TH, calbindin, calretinin and parvalbumin) on which delineations are based (accompanying Expert Consult eBook).
  • Includes the Expert Consult eBook version, compatible with PC, Mac, and most mobile devices and eReaders, which allows readers to browse, search, and interact with content.
  • The eBook also contains annotatable AI files of diagrams for use by researchers.


Avian and comparative neurobiologists, embryologists, developmental neurobiologists, evolutionary biologists and avian pathologists; early career researchers in neuroscience, imaging, especially in the field of functional brain mapping and developmental biology; from students to very experienced researchers

Table of Contents

  • 1. Generalities, procedures and background information
    2. Rationale for names applied in the atlas
    3. Literature cited
    4. List of abbreviations and explanations
    5. Brain structures classified topographically by regions

Product details

  • No. of pages: 322
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2018
  • Published: November 30, 2018
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128160404
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128160411

About the Authors

Luis Puelles

Dr. Puelles has held various positions teaching human anatomy and conducting research in neuroembryology and comparative neuroanatomy at the Universities of Granada, Sevilla, Badajoz, Cadiz and Murcia in Spain. Since 1983 he has been Full professor of Neuroanatomy at the University of Murcia. He is author of ~230 works, notably the first edition of Chick Brain in Stereotaxic Coordinates, and co-editor of Elsevier’s The Mouse Nervous System.

Affiliations and Expertise

Instituto de Neurociencias, UMH-CSIC, San Juan, Alicante, Spain

Margaret Martinez-de-la-Torre

Dr. Martínez-de-la-Torre is a Full Professor at the University of Murcia. She is a member of the Department of Human Anatomy and Psychobiology in the Faculty of Medicine.

Affiliations and Expertise

Full Professor, University of Murcia, Spain

Salvador Martinez


Affiliations and Expertise

Miguel Hernández University of Elche, Spain

Charles Watson

Charles Watson is a neuroscientist and public health physician. His qualifications included a medical degree (MBBS) and two research doctorates (MD and DSc). He is Professor Emeritus at Curtin University, and holds adjunct professorial research positions at the University of New South Wales, the University of Queensland, and the University of Western Australia. He has published over 100 refereed journal articles and 40 book chapters, and has co-authored over 25 books on brain and spinal cord anatomy. The Paxinos Watson rat brain atlas has been cited over 80,000 times. His current research is focused on the comparative anatomy of the hippocampus and the claustrum. He was awarded the degree of Doctor of Science by the University of Sydney in 2012 and received the Distinguished Achievement Award of the Australasian Society for Neuroscience in 2018.

Affiliations and Expertise

John Curtin Distinguished Professor of Health Science, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia and Neuroscience Research Australia, NSW Sydney, Australia

George Paxinos

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

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