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Auricularis Anterior Muscle
Muscular System

Auricularis Anterior Muscle

Musculus auricularis anterior

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Quick Facts

Origin: Temporal fascia.

Insertion: Spine of helix.

Action: Elevates and draws auricle forward.

Innervation: Posterior auricular nerve and temporal branches of facial nerve (CN VII).

Arterial Supply: Posterior auricular artery and parietal branch of superficial temporal artery.

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The auricularis anterior muscle originates from the lateral margin of the epicranial aponeurosis.


The fibers of the auricularis anterior muscle converge and attach to the spine of the helix.

Key Features & Anatomical Relations

The auricularis anterior is the smallest of the three extrinsic auricular muscles.


The auricularis anterior muscle elevates the auricle and draws it forward (Netter, 2011).


Netter, F. H. (2011) Atlas of Human Anatomy. Netter Basic Science Series: Saunders/Elsevier.

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