Prenatal genesis of connections subserving ocular dominance in the rhesus monkey

Nature. 1976 Jun 10;261(5560):467-71. doi: 10.1038/261467a0.


In foetal monkey brain neuronal projections carrying input from the two eyes initially overlap; they segregate during the second half of gestation and become fully separated in subcortical visual centres and partially separated in the cortex three weeks before birth and thus before visual experience.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Functional Laterality
  • Geniculate Bodies / embryology
  • Gestational Age
  • Haplorhini
  • Macaca mulatta
  • Neural Pathways / embryology
  • Optic Nerve / embryology
  • Retina / embryology
  • Superior Colliculi / embryology
  • Visual Cortex / embryology
  • Visual Pathways / embryology*