Your Inner Fish

One of the more complicated nerves in the human head, along with the trigimenal nerve. The facial nerve serves all the facial muscles and other muscles in the ear, which develop from the second arch in the human embryo.

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Chapter 5 Quotes

If you want to understand the wiring and plumbing in my building, you have to understand its history, how it was renovated for each new generation of scientists. My head has a long history also, and that history explains complicated nerves like the trigeminal and the facial.

Related Characters: Neil Shubin (speaker)
Page Number: 86
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What I've just given you is one of the big tricks for understanding the most complicated cranial nerves and large portions of the head. When you think trigeminal nerve, think first arch. Facial nerve, second arch.

Related Characters: Neil Shubin (speaker)
Page Number: 87
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Chapter 5: Getting Ahead
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...them in “random” paths throughout the head with many different branches. The trigeminal nerve and facial nerve are especially difficult to pin down. (full context)
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...ear, as well as sensations in the skin of the face and the teeth. The facial nerve controls the muscles involved in facial expressions as well as more small muscles in the... (full context)
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...nerves. The trigeminal nerve serves all the body systems formed by the first arch. The facial nerve follows the path of the second arch. The same pattern holds true for the nerves... (full context)