Ultrastructure of the olfactory system of three newborn marsupial species

The ultrastructure of the olfactory apparatus of three newborn marsupial species, the northern native cat, the brushtail possum, and the northern brown bandicoot, were examined. Receptor cells with cilia were observed. The presence of touch receptors around the mouth region and of sensory cells within the olfactory epithelium would suggest that touch and smell are two of the senses allowing the newborn marsupial to reach the pouch.

Author R. T. Gemmell and J. Nelson
Year 1988
Secondary title Anatomical Records
Volume 221
Number 2
Pages 655-662