: having the jaws connected directly with the cranium (as in chimaeras, lungfishes, amphibians, and higher vertebrates) instead of indirectly by the hyoid arch
sometimes distinguished from holostylic to denote lack of fusion of the pterygoquadrate with the cranium
compare amphistylic, hyostylic

Word History


aut- + -stylic

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“Autostylic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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