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OLOPADE, James Olukayode; ONWUKA, Silas Kalu; KWARI, Hyelduku Danladi  and  OKE, Bankole Olusiji. Caudofrontal Depression on the Cornual End of the Temporal Line of the Skull of Goat Breeds in Nigeria. Int. J. Morphol. [online]. 2006, vol.24, n.3, pp.349-350. ISSN 0717-9502.

A comparative study of skull types was done using 65 skulls obtained from three different goat breeds in Nigeria namely; Red Sokoto, Sahel and West African Dwarf. A unique depression was consistently found at the cornual end of the temporal line of the skull medial to the middle portion of the caudal boundary of the orbit and dorsal to the lateral portion of the parietofrontal suture. The depression was found in all the breeds studied, and in both sexes on the lateral sides of both cornual processes of the frontal bones. The features (depth, height and width) of the depression were found to vary without regard to either sex or breed. A search of the literature did not yield any information on this depression in the skull of the goat. Consequently, we venture to name this depression, the caudofrontal depression

Keywords : Skull; Goat breds; Caudofrontal depression.

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