autostylic jaw suspension

autostylic jaw suspension

the attachment of the upper jaw to the skull by a number of attachments called the otic process, the basal process and the ascending process. It occurs in lungfish and terrestrial vertebrates. Compare HYOSTYLIC JAW SUSPENSION.
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At this point in the evolutionary process, the palatoquadrate was completely fused with the chondrocranium to form a true autostylic jaw suspension, and it was covered almost entirely by dermal bone.