autostylic


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autostylic

[¦ȯd·ō¦stīl·ik]
(vertebrate zoology)
Having the jaws attached directly to the cranium, as in chimeras, amphibians, and higher vertebrates.
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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.